Album: Franz Ferdinand, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, (Domino)

Take me out, again: Franz paint the town red
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"C'mon, let's get high!" This simple imperative, issued by Alex Kapranos just seconds into "Ulysses" – Franz Ferdinand's stealthily funky comeback single – tells you everything you need to know about the record that follows.

'Tonight' is all about the fleshly pleasures of nightlife, depicting clubland as an adventure playground for grown-ups.

It features some of FF's finest work, and their most danceable. "No You Girls" echoes "Take Me Out"; "Send Him Away" rolls with a rhythm reminiscent of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" and "What She Came For" is the gloriously candid inner monologue of a disco Casanova.

Indeed, the whole album forms the shape of a narrative arc following the progress of a night out: the distorted synth breakdown midway through "Lucid Dreams" is the bit where it all goes haywire, and the final two tracks – the spaced-out "Dream Again" and the Simon & Garfunkel-esque "Katherine Kiss Me" – constitute the next-day recovery session. 'Tonight' is a record that deserves to soundtrack a thousand of them.

Pick of the album : No question, no doubt: 'What She Came For'

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