Franz Ferdinand's "Tonight" hits shelves

Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:05pm EST
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By Mike Collett-White and Cindy Martin

LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand's new record "Tonight" hits the shelves on Monday to mixed reviews of what the band agrees is a shift toward synthesizers and dance pop.

"There's a little bit more synthesizer, a little bit more bass, but it's really Franz Ferdinand," lead singer Alex Kapranos told Reuters before a gig featuring the new music at a record store in central London.

Nick McCarthy, guitarist and keyboard player, added: "It's got quite a heavy bass to it, it's a very dancy record I think. Very warm and dancy.

"It's definitely different from the other two records as well. We had to move on to keep ourselves excited."

Critics agree that, while not a total departure from the band's signature sound, "Tonight" is more synth-heavy than their first two albums -- 2004's "Franz Ferdinand" and the 2005 follow-up "You Could Have It So Much Better."

"Tonight is fine, but will you still love them tomorrow?" asked The Observer weekly's Dorian Lynskey in a three-out-of-five star review.

Kapranos said "Tonight" was not written as a concept album, but was based around a single idea.

"When we were putting the songs together, Paul our drummer noticed that there was this night-time theme to all the songs.   Continued...

<p>Rock band Alex Kapranos (R) and Nick McCarthy (L) and Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand perform for fans at a record store, to promote their new album, in London January 26, 2009. REUTERS/Andrew Winning</p>