Always Ascending is the fifth studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. It was released on 9 February 2018 through the Domino Recording Company. It is the band's first non-collaborative album in over four years, following Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013). It is also their first album to feature new member Julian Corrie, who joined shortly after the departure of Nick McCarthy.
For their fifth album, Always Ascending, Franz frontman Alex Kapranos says he wants to make dance music but play it as a raw band -a revival of their founding principle, even as they say goodbye to their founding guitarist, Nick McCarthy. But anyone hoping the fresh blood would restore a sense of mischief might be disappointed: The return of synths and disco-ish atmospherics serves, unsurprisingly, to obscure the fact that a nontrivial reinvention still eludes them. In truth, charm might be Franz Ferdinand’s last unblunted asset in 2018. Unwilling to plunge into something more personal, or at least cannibalize their obsolescence for material, the band behind Always Ascending sound unspectacular, their pop sensibilities shorn of the epicurean flair that made them iconic.
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending. Label: Domino – WIGCD408. Written-By – Franz Ferdinand, Sam Potter.
Always Ascending is the fifth studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. Alex Kapranos told NME the band. When you’re recording in 2017 you need to be looking ahead to the next thing. What haven’t people even heard in 2018? They made sure not to take away the naturalistic side of their music: It’s very tempting in the studio to digitally tidy everything up – Photoshopping your music. Everything was played and nothing is programmed
And as an ultimate proof of that, here we have a nearly entirely electronically based album that is perhaps not essential, but conspicuously archetypal Franz Ferdinand record, and that all merely due to the unmistakeable nature of their songs’ catchiness and simple playfulness. All-in-all, you can say all the same about Always Ascending as you would about any other Franz Ferdinand record (surprisingly enough, even their collaboration with Spark. oice of four beats voice of two, I suppose), amending that this has a much more prominent synthesiser layering and electronic production
Alternative rock darlings Franz Ferdinand officially return with their fifth studio album, Always Ascending. Take Me Out from their 2003 self-titled debut is a certified classic, while the homoerotic Michael isn’t too far behind. Focused on the present, Always Ascending arrives after a five-year hiatus. All in all, the results are more positive than not. Always Ascending. While Franz Ferdinand aren’t nearly as big as they once were, they remain alluring past their lucrative prime. Always Ascending isn’t ‘the second coming’ or a massive resurgence for Alex Kapranos and company. It is, however, an enjoyable, well-rounded album with some notable experimentation. Not everything feels epic, but more often than not, the majority is deserving of praise and worth checking out. ✓ Gems: Always Ascending, Huck and Jim, Glimpse of Love & Feel the Love Go.
Overall Consensus: Always Ascending sees Franz Ferdinand taking some new and fun directions, while keeping the best from their succesful formul. xpand. 0 of 4 users found this helpful . this isn't a great start (it's a good one, but I highly doubt you'll want to come back to this afterwards. 1 of 1 users found this helpful.