“Right Thoughts” may be wrong turn for Franz Ferdinand

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Special to the Tribune

It’s been 10 years since they entered the music industry, nine years since their hit single “Take Me Out” dominated radio stations and four years since their last album, “Tonight,” fell through the cracks leaving a forgettable impression. But as of Tuesday, Aug. 27, Franz Ferdinand is back, releasing their new album “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.”The Scottish pop-rockers’ fourth album consists of a zany energy with a disco vibe that makes you feel like dancing. But for the younger generation, there may be a struggle for moves as the album is free of techno beats or heavy drops. Instead, they stay true to their strong guitar-based dance music.

“Right Thoughts” holds some hidden gems, like “Love Illumination,” which contains the clamoring of voices and the type of guitar solo that made people fall in love with Franz Ferdinand in the first place.

Frontman Alex Kapranos’ clever lyrics should not go unnoticed, especially in songs like “Fresh Strawberries,” which itself is a metaphor for the carelessness of youth. His unique lyric style is also evident in songs like “The Universe Expanded,” about a relationship playing in reverse, with lines like “we’ll watch the stars fall back into the sky, cork the wine and unbake a cake.”

It’s not to say that this album didn’t produce some duds, such as “Evil Eye,” which seems better suited for a cheesy Halloween movie on Disney channel than this album. Even in the album’s single, “Right Action,” they repeat the same lyrics, “right thoughts, right words, right action,” so many times it’s as if they don’t think you get the point of the album’s title.

In retrospect,”Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” holds its fair share of hits and misses with sharp lyrics along the way until the very last track. It can’t go unnoticed that the song “Goodbye Lovers and Friends” not only concludes the album, but it may just as well foreshadow the fate of Franz Ferdinand with the closing lines, “this really is the end.”