Franz Ferdinand have mastered the fine art of the anti-romantic love song. Not to be confused with an anti-love song or a hate song. Love songs that don’t follow the usual rules of love songs. Ambivalent love songs. I guess you could say they have kind of a brusque laddie attitude towards lovey things. But without any hateful or offensive undertones, which are such a common scourge upon pop music. It’s kind of an interesting, honest approach to writing about relationships, and it’s refreshing to visit that zone in between boinga-boinga sexy and lovey-dovey syrupy sweetness. (With lots of bisexual references.) These guys deserve an honorable mention for intelligence in pop music.