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Franz Ferdinand. Photo by Andy Knowles.
Franz Ferdinand do more with one song, “Take Me Out,” than many bands can with entire albums. The tune’s catchy, agitated opening beats The Strokes at their own game. Then it dovetails neatly into a Led Zeppelin stomp before turning into jittery post-punk disco. That’s just one song, and there are four albums-worth of this stuff. Many have tried this kind of louche David Bowie swagger. These nimble Scots nail it.