If, as we’re told on the penultimate track here, ‘Collaborations Don’t Work’, then Franz Ferdinand and Sparks having a quick fumble and giving birth to this record is a stupid idea. Except it’s genuinely excellent; the angular art-rock of Franz suits the lyrical arch-witticism and theatrical flourishes of the Mael brothers. It may be easy to spot where the Scottish quartet end and the LA duo pick up – most obviously on ‘The Man Without A Tan’ and ‘Things I Won’t Get’ – but it’s also the most fun Franz Ferdinand have sounded in years, especially album closer ‘Piss Off’, which comes on like a number from the daftest musical you’ve never heard. This town is definitely big enough for the both of them.
Buy: FFS – FFS
Live: Troxy – June 29th