So Many Bridges In The World To Jump Off Of - Much much better. From the opening intro, you know that this was already a better song with Russell Mael echoing himself with some nice minamalistic piano while a acoustic guitar strumming along before the band kicks in. The chorus is actually singalongable like the Mael brothers working on the melodies. Nice bridge and I like how he sang one of the chorus in a higher pitch (almost like he was harmonising the normal chorus but without the lower vocals). However it just seems like a solid decent song rather than anything spectacular so far as there doesn't seem to be anything that interesting in the arrangement outside the bridge. Ron Mael piano playing just really matches what Russell Mael is singing (although in this case it's not so bad because the melody is decent) rather than creating a riff to complement it. However this is just a demo and there is a good embryo for development.
General thoughts on the sound - It's nice to hear guitar backs and it's a return to the rock band version of Sparks. However there isn't the high pitch falsetto on speed sound that you associate with Kimono My House so for people looking for a return of that will be disappointed although I'm ok with that as I don't think repeating themselves is a good idea. However I do have reservations about how effective Franz Ferdinand are as a backing group. I mean they are perfectly capable of creating good guitar riffs but I don't hear it in these songs and it seems like this band could be any other generic rock bands out there. Also I'm wondering whether Alex Kapranos will actually sing along and do some sort of duet with Russell Mael as his vocal absent from the two songs is notable.
So far from these two songs, it doesn't seem more than a decent album if the rest of the album matches it quality instead of something great but hopefully this is just a demo for them to build on rather than something near completion.
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