[Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand] (2008/2009)
Franz Ferdinand is one of my favorite bands. “You Could Have It So Much Better” is one of those albums I could have on endless repeat probably. But this song isn’t from that album so I probably should quit blabbering on about it.
The song I have for you today is from their last album, “Tonight.” The feel of that album was very different from the previous two. They went from a post-punk sort of sound to a more electronic, perhaps darker sort of sound.
It just so happens that there are two versions of this song that perfectly display this shift in sound! The version of “Lucid Dreams” I put up above is the almost 8-minute one from the album, and almost half of that time is taken up by a synthy jam-out at the end.
The single version (YOUTUBE LINK) is more akin to their old style.
Here’s how Wikipedia describes the differences: “The single differs from the version that appears on Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, which has been described by several reviewers as the highlight of the album.The pre-album bridge now starts the song, the chorus has been revised and the original second verse and ending are omitted, with an almost four minute ‘acid trance’ instrumental taking their place.”
I personally think both versions hold their own. And while I generally prefer their older sound, I have to go with the album version of “Lucid Dreams” as my personal favorite of the two. What’s your opinion? Which one do you prefer; album version or single version?