Franz Ferdinand deliver ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand play the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby PA on Saturday,The Orpheum in Boston on Sunday and Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Tuesday.

Do not buy the deluxe edition of “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action,” Franz Ferdinand’s latest album.

That advice comes directly from frontman Alex Kapranos.

Sure, you may be tempted to spend three extra dollars for 13 extra songs, but if you don’t buy the standard 10-track version you’ll be missing the impact of the final phrase that Kapranos sings on “Goodbye Lovers and Friends.”

“Oh no,” he says when he learns from Metro that iTunes is selling a version that features live versions of some of the album’s best tracks and a few old faves. His voice has a descending note of disappointment that is hardly ever heard in his singing. “The album was supposed to end with that last line, ‘goodbye lovers and friends, you can laugh as if we’re still together, but this really is the end.’”

That sounds like the sort of cryptic last line that would be fitting for a band’s swan song, but Kapranos insists that isn’t so.

“We just wanted a definitive ending for the album,” he says, “not for the band.”

“Right Thoughts” is quite the opposite of an ending for the Glasgow quartet. Sonically, it’s a splash of neon upon the dark disco blueprint that initially earned the band acclaim at the turn of this century. Kapranos says it’s because their label let the band to trust their own instincts.

“We were under observation for our second and third records,” he says, “but the label left us alone for this one.”

The album is full of surprises like sunshine pop and even a song that draws from the unlikeliest of influences.

“Oh, you mean ‘Love Illumination,’” asks Kapranos. “Yeah, I could see where you’d think that sounds like ZZ Top.”

But underneath this freedom, and the fun nods to bearded Texans, garage rock keyboards, major chords and lush vocal harmonies that characterize the band’s fourth album, there is something menacing.

A song like “Fresh Strawberries” starts sweetly enough, with Kapranos comparing the human condition to fruits “turning riper in the bowl” but quickly turns to the fruits rotting and the singer professing “I believe there’s nothing to believe.”

As for Kapranos, he says the song is about “searching for an answer,” but he won’t admit whether or not his own worldview is this cynical. He will, however, point out that not everything he sings should be taken at face value. In “Goodbye Lovers and Friends” he begins by singing, “Don’t play pop music, you know I hate pop music.”

“I obviously don’t hate pop music,” says Kapranos.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.

National

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Local

After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.

Local

'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

And then there were six. It was a big night on stage as the Top 6 got to dance with each other, All-star partners and perform a solo routine.

Going Out

5 things to do in NYC this weekend…

FILM Lebowski Fest Aug. 22-23, 8 p.m. Various locations, Manhattan $20-$30, www.lebowskifest.com The Dude abides — for 48 hours to celebrate the 1998 Coen brothers classic.…

Television

'Doctor Who' personality profile: the 4 Doctors

When the time comes for a new Doctor, there's always some anxiety over the big question: Who will he be? The series owes its longevity…

Television

Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

NFL

Jalen Saunders still unsure what caused car accident…

Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his car accident, but he didn't say a whole lot.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…