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  • Audio CD (8 Jun. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Domino Records
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The seed of FFS (a unique collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) was sown around the time of Franz’s debut album when word got back to the Maels that the band were big Sparks fans. “We thought ‘Take Me Out’ was very cool, and wouldn’t it be nice to say hello when they came to Los Angeles?” recalls Russell Mael. “We met and decided then it would be great to do something together. We put forward a couple demos, one was ‘Piss Off’. But they got swept up by everything, and it didn’t happen at that time.”

Fast-forward to 2013 when both Sparks and Franz Ferdinand appeared at Coachella. On the day of Sparks’ warm-up show in San Francisco, Kapranos was in the city trying to locate a dentist when he heard a voice behind him: “’Alex, is that you?’ It was Ron and Russell. They invited us down to see them play that night. We said hello after, and everyone agreed that the 10-year gestation period for this idea was long enough------- we should try and make it happen now.”

FFS was recorded during an intense 15-day period in late 2014. “We approached it the way bands do with their first record,” says Kapranos. “We had the songs first, rehearsed them and then recorded it all together, in a room. So no hanging around or fannying about.”

Very much a ‘new’ project, FFS doesn’t truly sound like either band, but a striking and fascinating mutation. “The real motivation was to make something new, not ‘Franz featuring Russell Mael’, or ‘Sparks with Franz Ferdinand backing them,” says Alex Kapranos.

“You can’t chart what is Sparks and what is Franz Ferdinand,” suggests Ron Mael. “I think each band unconsciously relinquished a little of who they were in order to enter new territory.”

Produced by Grammy-award winner John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi) and recorded at London’s RAK Studios.

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Like many of you reading this, I had heard a couple of the tracks from this album over the past few weeks, and seen their performance on Jools Holland's "Later". I have to say, on the strength of that, I wasn't really expecting this album to be very good.

However, once I had listened to the album as a whole, I'm converted. I'm not very familiar with Franz Fredinand's material, but this is easily Sparks' finest work since "Lil' Beethoven", thirteen years ago. The sound seems far more substantial on the CD than it had on the tracks I had heard prior to release - "P*** Off", "Johnny Delusional", "Police Encounters" and "Collaborations Don't Work", and they all sound far better for it. When Sparks are at their overblown best, it needs a full, loud sound, and that is certainly present in most of the tracks here.

The album opens with "Johnny Delusional" and "Call Girl", both strong tracks and recognisable Sparks songs, and the following few tracks maybe display a little more of the FF influence, but mostly they are pretty good - "Dictator's Son" is a solid pop song; "Little Guy From The Suburbs" is almost a ballad; the chorus to "Police Encounters" is so corny it could have beeen embarassing, but they pull it off; and "Save Me From Myself" owes quite a bit to the Kinks.

"So Desu Ne", "The Man Without A Tan" and "Things I Won't Get" are all calmer tracks, but all offer something. The album proper ends with three of the strongest tracks, "The Power Couple", "Collaborations Don't Work" and "P*** Off". "Collaborations Don't Work" in particular is an excellent track.
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Great album. Really enjoyed it.
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What a great collaboration
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By Big Jim TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2015
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These guys know what they are doing. Obviously Sparks have been going for ages - I remember going to school with my pristine copy of Kimono My House proudly displayed under my arm hoping to "outcool" the usual suspects with their ELP and Uriah Heep albums - and Franz Ferdinand aren't exactly spring chickens but both have retained their integrity and as this album shows their respective ability to knock out a tune is undiminished. Humour and irony abound (check out the song titles) and they sound like they are having great fun with their angular, jangly funk overlaid on an electronic beat and Ron Mael's characteristic keyboards. It sounds like this is a truly joint effort with neither band's style dominating, and it now seems so obvious that 70s Sparks must have been an influence on Franz Ferdinand as the sound is a seamless amalgam of both bands' styles. I would have liked to have awarded 5 stars but I'm afraid the track "collaborations don't work" doesn't work for me - a bit too arch perhaps but otherwise this could prove to be the soundtrack to the summer.
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I've loved Sparks for a long, long time, despite finding Ron Mael terrifying when I first saw him on TV in the early 1970s. On the other hand, I've never liked Franz Ferdinand at all, so when I heard about this collaboration I was more than a little hesitant.

Thankfully it's an absolute joy. From the start it sounds extremely Sparks-esque, but for fans of Franz Ferdinand their sound is still all over the record too, from Alex's vocals to the sound of the band themselves. It's a great mixture of their two sounds, and hugely enjoyable from the off. The opening "Johnny Delusional" is probably the most commercial track, and the superb "Collaborations Don't Work" towards the end is the most Sparks-esque. For a person who's never liked Franz Ferdinand I'm now tempted to explore their back catalogue too.

A great little record, and one of my favourites from 2015 so far. I hope they work together again in the future.
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When I first heard about the FFS project I assumed it was a wind up based one the (shamefully amusing) name. How could such a marriage of these sounds fit together? Well, it turns out collaborations DO work. This is an excellent album with great songs, great performances and great wit - but it's certainly no joke! Really looking forward to going to see them on June 29 and to the next album!
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By Syriat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2015
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Franz Ferdinand cited Sparks as one of their influences, they met and talked about a collaboration. It didn't happen. They met again and it did. Both bands were riding on a high in the last decade and both seem to be waning from those heights. It seems like perfect timing. And listening to it everything about this project makes absolute sense. Police Encounters sounds like the most fun you could imagine, totally off the wall but its guitar pop delivered with aplomb. So Desu Nu is an 8 bit disco romp that would have fit nicely onto an 80's computer game. Things I Won't Get is funny and smart at the same time as they list the things they won't get (Sartre, French Films,College Degree etc). Little Guy From The Suburbs is a ballad, of sorts and is just a catchy memorable one at that. They also pour all their angst and fears over this project into Collaborations Don't Work. That's a song that goes through so many phases you lose count. On first listen I was underwhelmed but it has got me loving it now.

I was going to give this four stars. But its so much fun to listen to that you find yourself loving a bit more with every listen. A well worthwhile investment for your summer listening.
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