Definitely not enough of this kind of thing happening these days: a totally implausible collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, excellently titled FFS. The self-titled album brings us something more than just a blend of Franz’s indie-rock and Sparks camp-pop: this has plenty of both, but ends up as something fresh. CD or double LP, including special indies-only red vinyl edition!
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6/10 Robin Staff review, 02 June 2015
This is the best move in music since Chas & Dave bought out Kranky. Sparks, who sound like their name if it was broken, join forces with Franz Ferdinand, who… well, they don’t really sound like anything on this record, but I’m told they’re something of a Britpop Interpol on a normal workday? Anyway, the collection of self-involved dudes that is FFS get together for this record of low-grade solipsism and some people leave Youtube comments about it or something. Fuck this shit.
Using delightful, not at all hamfisted and/or gross wordplay such as “Call Girl” (“Why don’t you call… girl?” they ask, with not nearly enough apologism), the double-band romp through a collection of intentionally silly songs devised of shitty guitars and New Wave synths that aren’t new and don’t wave. There are some other songs which are not good, up to and including “Piss Off”. If you want to know what the record’s aesthetic is, it’s rich guitar men + forgotten pop men = foibles for a Glastonbury spot.
My favourite thing about this record is that its first single was released on April Fool’s Day, but then the band endeavoured to make a whole album of it long after anyone could be bothered to humour them. I’ve got a soft spot for people who start something off as a joke and then fall deeply, wildly in love with the beauty of their joke. Don’t forget though: this is basically a Live at the Apollo sketch. 6/10 because they only deserve mediocrity.
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