Today marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Franz Ferdinand’s fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. For many fans like me, this album’s release was quite significant. In my case, I had been a fan of Franz Ferdinand since I was in High School, back when the band first began. I followed their career fairly closely during the time of their first two albums, but at some point during the four-year hiatus between the second and third album, they fell off my radar a bit (though I still listened to their older songs from time to time). Their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, came and went, and though I did get excited at having some new Franz tunes to listen to, it did not quite rekindle my love to the same level as it had been when they first began, and the band soon fell back into another long hiatus.
Last year’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action was able to do something that its predecessor could not quite achieve – remind me of exactly why I had loved the band in the first place. This album finds Franz Ferdinand going back to their roots without it sounding recycled or repetitive, and the new songs pulled me in instantly. The album was a hit with new and old fans alike, and its commercial and critical success led to a worldwide tour that continues to this day.
Even a year later, the songs still feel as fresh and fun as they did on my first listen. The cryptic message of the album’s last track, Goodbye Lovers and Friends, has led some to speculate that the band are setting up to enter another hiatus, or worse – call it quits for good. If these rumors prove to be true, then the boys are certainly going out with a bang, and leave behind an impressive body of work to be proud of. But this Franz fan is holding on to the hope that Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action did not mark the end of an era, but rather the beginning of a new one. And, with any luck, it won’t be another four years before it continues…
In celebration of this anniversary, I’m sharing a sampling of three of my favorite tracks from the album. Enjoy!