Franz Ferdinand | DNO27 | Released: 03/09/04

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Franz Ferdinand is the band. Franz Ferdinand is the record. And what?s more, Franz Ferdinand is the record? After the dazzling debut single, ?Darts of Pleasure? (both NME and The Guardian?s single of the week), and the thrilling moment in music that is ?Take Me Out? (Single of the week for Jo Whiley, Zane Lowe, Zoe Ball and John Kennedy), Franz Ferdinand deliver an album of undeniable class and charm, exhilaration and ecstasy, wit and wonder: a masterpiece of modern pop music. This album is even stronger than anyone could have expected: the song writing and performance is superb from start to finish; each track feels like a smash hit and a cult classic at the same time ? and Franz Ferdinand really does breathe new life into such clich?s. Franz Ferdinand?s confidence is enticing. From the opening mystery of ?Jacqueline?, which explodes into a floor-stomping number, to the Beatle-esque harmonies of ?Tell Her Tonight?, and right through to ?This Fire? (never has setting a city on fire sounded so sexy) - Franz Ferdinand marks its makers out as that thing we all need right now: a special band, and one you can dance with, to boot?