Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

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Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Studio album by Franz Ferdinand
Released 26 August 2013
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length 35:04 (standard edition)
82:12 (deluxe edition)
Label Domino
Producer
Franz Ferdinand chronology
Live E.P
(2013)
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
(2013)
Evil Action
(2013)
Singles from Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
  1. "Right Action"
    Released: 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27)
  2. "Love Illumination"
    Released: 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27)
  3. "Evil Eye"
    Released: 28 October 2013 (2013-10-28)
  4. "Bullet"
    Released: 20 January 2014 (2014-01-20)
  5. "Fresh Strawberries"
    Released: 7 April 2014 (2014-04-07)
  6. "Stand on the Horizon"
    Released: 28 July 2014 (2014-07-28)

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is the fourth studio album by Scottish group Franz Ferdinand, released through Domino Records on 26 August 2013 in the UK,[4] and on 27 August 2013 in the US.

The album received generally favourable reviews from music critics.[5] On 1 September 2013, it debuted at No. 6 in the UK Albums Chart[6] and at No. 1 on the UK Indie Chart.[7]

Background and recording[edit]

The band previewed many of their new tracks at live performances over 2012 and 2013. The album was recorded during 2013 at Alex Kapranos' Scottish studio and Nick McCarthy's Sausage Studios in London.[4] Kapranos described the album direction as "forward" and revealed that the band decided to keep a low profile about things as their last album was "tainted" by misinformation prior to its release.[8] Kapranos said that the album deals with "the idea of the cynic's search for optimism and the sceptic's search for a manual crop up here and there. I've always liked the lead character in Alasdair Gray's Lanark growing the hard scales to defend the soft inner-self from the world. Socially awkward asthmatic with a self-consuming imagination. My 19-year-old self was electrified. Maybe the album is about how to shed those scales."[4]

Release[edit]

The album was announced on 16 May 2013 with a teaser trailer video along with updates from the band's social networks, revealing the cover art, the album title and the full track listing. On the same day, the album was also made available to pre-order from Domino in various versions.

The band announced on their Twitter account[9] that the album became available for free streaming on the NPR Music website.[10] The album is also available to stream on Spotify.[11]

Formats and packaging[edit]

The album is available as a digital download, CD, deluxe limited edition double CD, vinyl LP and deluxe double LP packaged in a hand numbered die-cut gatefold sleeve. The exclusive bonus disc in both the double CD and double vinyl LP, entitled Right Notes, Right Words, Wrong Order, is a live session recording captured at Konk Studios in London.

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions - The Passport Edition is a deluxe package limited to 500 copies worldwide and features a deluxe edition of each physical format of the album, all 7" and 12" singles and access to the highest quality audio files possible as well as exclusive tracks and content.

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

The first two singles from the album were "Right Action" and "Love Illumination". The official audio tracks for the songs were released on 27 June 2013 onto YouTube. On 18 August 2013, an EP titled Right Action, featuring "Right Action", "Love Illumination" and two live tracks, was released digitally.[12] To date, "Right Action" has had moderate success, reaching number 39 on the UK Indie Chart, number 28 on the US Alternative music Billboard Chart, and number 22 on the Japanese Singles Chart.

The third single from the album, "Evil Eye", was released on 28 October 2013.[13] The song received radio airplay on multiple stations, including BBC Radio 2.

The fourth single to promote the album was "Bullet", released on 17 January 2014 in New Zealand,[14] and on 20 January 2014 in the UK.[15]

"Fresh Strawberries" was digitally released as the fifth single on 4 April 2014 in Australia and New Zealand,[16][17] and on 7 April 2014 in the UK.[18] The single contained a B-side titled "Erdbeer Mund". A 7" vinyl release was scheduled for 7 May 2014.[19]

The sixth single, "Stand on the Horizon", was released on 28 July 2014.[20]

Music videos[edit]

The "Right Action" official video was released on 7 July 2013, directed by Jonas Odell,[21] and the video for "Love Illumination" was released on 24 July 2013, directed by Tim Saccenti.[22] As of 30 August, both videos have received over 1 million YouTube views. The "Evil Eye" official music video was released on 8 September 2013 and was directed by Diane Martel,[23] who is known for directing videos for various Top 3 hits such as "Blurred Lines", "Just Give Me a Reason", "We Can't Stop", and one of the bands' hit singles, "Do You Want To".[24] The band released the official video for "Bullet" on 18 November 2013 and was directed by Andy Knowles.[25] The official music video for Fresh Strawberries was released on 12 March 2014 and was directed by Margarita Louca.[26] The official music video for Stand on the Horizon was released on 3 August 2014 and was directed by Karan Kandhari.[27]

Concerts[edit]

On 20 August 2013, the band played at Electric Brixton in London, for a crowd of approximately 1,500 fans. The opening song was "Right Action" and the concert featured several songs of the new album. A concert in Glasgow followed on 21 August 2013.[28]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[29]
The A.V. Club B+[30]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[31]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[32]
Mojo 4/5 stars[33]
NME 8/10[34]
Pitchfork 5.4/10[35]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[36]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[3]
Spin 8/10[37]

Early media response to Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action has been generally favorable. According to critic review aggregator Metacritic, the album has received a score of 71/100, based on 39 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[5] At Digital Spy, Adam Silverstein commends that "more often than not, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is this band sharpening their particular surefire indie to glittering distinction." Commenting on the band's future, he says that the "half-sorry, half-bitter 'Goodbye Lovers & Friends' is probably not Franz Ferdinand's very last act, even if Kapranos proclaiming in the final seconds "But this really is the end" would make one awesome blowout. Although after delivering a record as good as this, they can take as long as they want".

Writing for MOJO, Victoria Segal says that "Franz Ferdinand remain in robust good health, athletic aesthetes who have yet to break their stride. There’s no great leap forward here but the spring in their step is unmistakable. All present, all correct." At Alternative Press, Reed Fischer called the title "resolute", and told that "fortunately, his cruelty translates into charming melodies here that almost excuse the long wait for them."[31] Conversely, Tim Stegall in The Austin Chronicle wrote: "[T]he satisfaction appears sonic alone: Not a song sticks. It's sheer style that carries this disc."[38]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Right Action"   Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Robert Hardy Joe Goddard, Alexis Taylor 3:01
2. "Evil Eye"   Kapranos, McCarthy Kapranos, Todd Terje 2:47
3. "Love Illumination"   Kapranos, McCarthy Kapranos 3:44
4. "Stand on the Horizon"   Kapranos, McCarthy Kapranos, Terje 4:23
5. "Fresh Strawberries"   Kapranos, McCarthy Kapranos 3:21
6. "Bullet"   Kapranos, McCarthy, Alexander Ragnew Kapranos 2:43
7. "Treason! Animals."   Kapranos, McCarthy Björn Yttling 4:07
8. "The Universe Expanded"   Kapranos, McCarthy, Hardy Kapranos, Yttling 4:34
9. "Brief Encounters"   Kapranos, McCarthy Kapranos 3:09
10. "Goodbye Lovers & Friends"   Kapranos, McCarthy Goddard, Kapranos, Taylor 3:15
Total length:
35:04

Charts[edit]

Charts (2013–14) Peak
position
Argentinian Albums (CAPIF)[39] 10
Australian Albums (ARIA)[40] 18
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[41] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[42] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[43] 10
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[44] 7
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[45] 29
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[46] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[47] 48
French Albums (SNEP)[48] 6
German Albums (Official Top 100)[49] 4
Italian Albums (FIMI)[50] 15
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[51] 12
Korean Albums (Gaon)[52]
Standard edition
40
Korean Albums (Gaon)[52]
Deluxe edition
17
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[53] 21
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[54] 11
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[55] 15
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[56] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[57] 42
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[58] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 6
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[7] 1
US Billboard 200[59] 24
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[60] 4
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[61] 4
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[62] 8

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