FFS ★★★ Domino

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CHRIS JONES

You would think that call­ing a song from your own col­lab­o­ra­tive al­bum Col­lab­o­ra­tions Don’t Work pro­vides am­ple op­por­tu­nity for look­ing fool­ish, but for FFS their chutzpah is jus­ti­fied. The name stands for Franz Fer­di­nand and Sparks, and the com­bi­na­tion re­sults in a largely suc­cess­ful third way be­tween two bands at dif­fer­ent stages of their ca­reers. A chance meet­ing be­tween Alex Kapra­nos and the broth­ers Mael led to long-dis­tance song­writ­ing, then a tight 15-day record­ing ses­sion. Songs such as The

Johnny Delu­sional and Dic­ta­tor’s Son are fun, fresh and full of the en­ergy and wry hu­mour that char­ac­terise both bands. It all sounds nat­u­ral – 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. domi­norecordco.com

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