Blood (Franz Ferdinand album)

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Blood
Remix album by Franz Ferdinand
Released 1 June 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Dub, indie rock, dance-punk
Length 38:24
Label Domino Records
Producer Dan Carey
Franz Ferdinand chronology
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
(2009)
Blood: Franz Ferdinand
(2009)
iTunes Festival: London 2009
(2009)
Singles from Blood
  1. "Die on the Floor/Katherine Hit Me"
    Released: 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Uncut 3/5 stars (July 2009)
Pitchfork Media (6.4/10) [3]

Blood is a compilation album of dub music versions of songs from Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, the third studio album from Scottish band Franz Ferdinand. It was released in June 2009 through Domino Records.[4] In addition, a limited edition vinyl version of 500 copies were sent to independent record stores in the United States to coincide with Record Store Day.[5]

Origins and conception[edit]

Like Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, Blood is the result of Franz Ferdinand's recording sessions with producer Dan Carey in 2008. It was originally packaged in the deluxe and box-set versions of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand that were available in January 2009 in Europe only. The separately packaged version of Blood released worldwide features one additional song, "Be Afraid", which is a reworked version of "Dream Again".[5] All of the track titles are taken from lyrics from the original songs, with the exception of "Katherine Hit Me" whose title refers to lyrics from both "No You Girls" and "Katherine Kiss Me".

The songs that were not remixed are "Bite Hard", "Lucid Dreams", and "Katherine Kiss Me".

Musical style[edit]

Talking about the album and the work of producer Dan Carey, frontman Alex Kapranos stated: "He's coming from that Jamaican perspective — there's much more space; the bass guitar leads a lot more on this record than anything else."[5] This is in reference to the genre choice of Blood which "evolved from reggae, and centers on instrumental remixes of existing recordings".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Franz Ferdinand, except Be Afraid written by Franz Ferdinand and Philipp Plessmann

No. Title Length
1. "Feel the Pressure" ("What She Came For" dub version) 3:28
2. "Die on the Floor" ("Can't Stop Feeling" dub version) 6:35
3. "The Vaguest of Feeling" ("Live Alone" dub version) 3:50
4. "If I Can't Have You Then Nobody Can" ("Turn It On" dub version) 3:54
5. "Katherine Hit Me" ("No You Girls" dub version) 3:43
6. "Backwards on My Face" ("Twilight Omens" dub version) 3:48
7. "Feeling Kind of Anxious" ("Ulysses" dub version) 6:31
8. "Feel the Envy" ("Send Him Away" dub version) 3:34
9. "Be Afraid" ("Dream Again" dub version) 3:03
Total length:
38:24
iTunes bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "No You Girls" (Vince Clarke Remix) 5:04
11. "No You Girls" (Trentemoller Remix) 7:30
12. "No You Girls" (The Juan MacLean Remix) 8:31
Total length:
59:09

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blood (Franz Ferdinand album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "CG: Franz Ferdinand". Music.msn.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ Sisson, Patrick (2009-06-04). "Franz Ferdinand: Blood | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Music: Blood: Franz Ferdinand (CD) by Franz Ferdinand (Artist)". Tower.com. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  5. ^ a b c "Franz Ferdinand Get Dub Infusion With 'Blood' Release". Billboard.com. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ "Franz Ferdinand gets dub infusion with Blood | Entertainment". Reuters. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-06-11.