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FFS

FFS

FFS

Supergroup made up of Glasgow indie group Franz Ferdinand and 70s LA glam rockers Sparks

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Domino Records
UK Release date
08/06/2015
US Release date
09/06/2015
  1. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Funny and thoughtfully it reinvents both bands once again
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    It’s an uncommonly smart record full of unexpected, delightful detours
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    A near-perfect blend of Sparks and Franz Ferdinand's skills, FFS is a collaboration that works very well and offers just about everything a fan of either band could want
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Sometimes these songs sound more like the work of Sparks than Franz Ferdinand: for others it’s the other way round. Yet the best results come when it sounds like a brand new entity
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    FFS speaks to the power of great tunesmiths working together
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    This album's big enough for both of them. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A classy melange of sweeping disco-pop, jaunty operatics and playful art-rock; often knowingly silly, but always seriously good
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  8. 8.0 |   The List

    Once the group have found the confidence that what they’re doing is working, it doesn’t leave
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's a match made in heaven. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    At its heart FFS is a celebration of the outsider, a status justifiably claimed by both bands
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  11. 8.0 |   NOW

    There's lots of droll and quirky dance-floor fare on offer - Police Encounters, The Man Without A Tan - downtempo musings, energetic rock 'n' roll and straight-up left-field experiments
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    There’s more here than mere novelty appeal – enough to make you hope they repeat the experiment at some point
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Musically, it’s an almost seamless blend of the two groups’ styles
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The fit between bands is seamless
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  15. 8.0 |   State

    Although the album gives the impression of a glorious one-off rather than a long-standing partnership, this most audacious of collaborations has most definitely come up trumps
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  16. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Franz Ferdinand’s panicked dance rock gets a new lease, even if it’s a mild reinvention. Meanwhile, Sparks are at their quirky best thanks to their newfound collaboration
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  17. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    While it might not mark a revival in either's long-term fortunes, it—in its own overblown, pompous way—is an unexpected triumph
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  18. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    This is not a meeting of equals, and it doesn't have to be. It's a marquee-name band throwing their weight behind a cult act that clearly inspired them—and the cult act showing who's really in charge
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  19. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Franz Ferdinand and Sparks find the year's most unlikely thrills
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  20. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    FFS is a record that has plucked, with surgical precision, the respective bands’ eccentricities and blended them together carefully; this is not an album that sounds as if it was thrown together for a laugh
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  21. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    For the most part, FFS just do FFS, and on the right day, it’s a joy
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  22. 7.0 |   Clash

    The interplay between the two frontmen especially is a joy to behold and Kapranos' smooth, hushed vocals are the perfect counterpoint to an eccentric and near-hysterical Russel Mael
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  23. 7.0 |   NME

    When two such spiky forms collide you can’t expect everything to click, but ‘FFS’ is still a wonder of gelling idiosyncrasies
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  24. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Accessible, engaging, but one-sided collaboration. Print edition only

  25. 6.0 |   The Music

    Might be just a bit too clever for their own good
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  26. 6.0 |   The FT

    Songs jaunt by in a busily theatrical fashion
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  27. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    The two highly distinctive lead vocalists take roughly equal, complementary roles, while Ron Mael’s operatic keyboard flourishes brighten up Franz’s speaker-shaking rhythm section
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  28. 6.0 |   Beardfood

    Some tunes are strong and simply enjoyable but both bands have done better things on their own
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  29. 6.0 |   DIY

    ‘FFS’ plays like some kind of musical Breakfast Club
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  30. 6.0 |   Gig Soup

    There are moments of eccentric pop brilliance to be found, you just need to feel your way through the woods first to get there
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  31. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Both bands have a rare knack for a catchy tune
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