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Franz Ferdinand: Always Ascending

Andy Gill, The Independent, 8 February 2018

FIVE YEARS is a long time in pop, but Franz Ferdinand's artful, oblique take on the medium has allowed the band to negotiate the hiatus since 2013's Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action without too much difficulty, despite the departure of guitarist Nick McCarthy. Never having followed prevailing musical fashions means there's no pressure to tick current taste boxes with Always Ascending, which prances along in its own sweet ways.

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