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This article is about the Franz Ferdinand album. Always Ascending_sentence_0

For its title track, see Always Ascending (song). Always Ascending_sentence_1

Always Ascending is the fifth studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. Always Ascending_sentence_2

It was released on 9 February 2018 through the Domino Recording Company. Always Ascending_sentence_3

It is the band's first non-collaborative album in over four years, following Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013). Always Ascending_sentence_4

It is also their first album to feature new member Julian Corrie, who joined shortly after the departure of Nick McCarthy. Always Ascending_sentence_5

The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Always Ascending_sentence_6

It peaked at number three in Scotland and number six in the UK. Always Ascending_sentence_7

Four singles were released from the album: "Always Ascending", "Feel the Love Go", "Lazy Boy" and an alternative version of "Glimpse of Love". Always Ascending_sentence_8

Background and recording Always Ascending_section_0

Following the release of Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, the band's fourth studio album, in August 2013, the band collaborated with American rock band Sparks under the name FFS. Always Ascending_sentence_9

They released a self-titled album in July 2015 and briefly toured. Always Ascending_sentence_10

In July 2016, it was announced that Nick McCarthy, one of the band's founding members, was taking a break from the band to spend more time with family and focusing on side projects. Always Ascending_sentence_11

It was announced in May 2017 that two new members had joined the band; Dino Bardot, former guitarist for Scottish indie rock band 1990s, and music producer Julian Corrie. Always Ascending_sentence_12

Corrie joined the band for the recording sessions of the album, while Bardot joined after recording was completed. Always Ascending_sentence_13

The band recorded the album at Motorbass Studios in Paris and RAK Studios in London. Always Ascending_sentence_14

They previously used RAK Studios to record FFS in late 2014. Always Ascending_sentence_15

For Always Ascending, they worked alongside Philippe Zdar, one-half of French synthpop duo Cassius and frequent collaborator with French indie pop band Phoenix, on the album. Always Ascending_sentence_16

Composition Always Ascending_section_1

The music of Always Ascending has been described as indie rock, dance-punk, and new wave, all genres that the band have been previously associated with. Always Ascending_sentence_17

Promotion and release Always Ascending_section_2

Prior to the announcement of the album, the band shared a short snippet of the title track on social media platforms on 23 October 2017. Always Ascending_sentence_18

On 25 October, the band released the title track as the album's lead single. Always Ascending_sentence_19

Alongside the release was the reveal of the album's title, artwork, and track listing. Always Ascending_sentence_20

They also released dates for a world tour, starting in October 2017 and ending in May 2018. Always Ascending_sentence_21

A music video for the title track, directed by AB/CD/CD, was released on 4 December. Always Ascending_sentence_22

On 8 January 2018, "Feel the Love Go" was premiered on Zane Lowe's radio show on Beats 1. Always Ascending_sentence_23

A music video was also released on the same day and made exclusive to the Apple Music service. Always Ascending_sentence_24

The video was directed by Diane Martel, who had previously directed the band's music videos for "Do You Want To" and "Evil Eye". Always Ascending_sentence_25

On 25 January, "Lazy Boy" was released as a single. Always Ascending_sentence_26

The album was released on physical and digital formats on 9 February 2018 by the Domino Recording Company. Always Ascending_sentence_27

It was made available on 12" vinyl, CD, and a limited edition cassette. Always Ascending_sentence_28

A bundle was also made available which included a 180 gram blue and white marble-colored vinyl and other special merchandise items, limited to 1,500 copies. Always Ascending_sentence_29

The Japanese CD edition of the album was released through Hostess Entertainment and featured the band's non-album single "Demagogue" (2016) as a bonus track. Always Ascending_sentence_30

Critical reception Always Ascending_section_3

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Professional ratingsAlways Ascending_table_caption_0
Aggregate scoresAlways Ascending_header_cell_0_0_0
SourceAlways Ascending_header_cell_0_1_0 RatingAlways Ascending_header_cell_0_1_1
AnyDecentMusic?Always Ascending_cell_0_2_0 6.7/10Always Ascending_cell_0_2_1
MetacriticAlways Ascending_cell_0_3_0 72/100Always Ascending_cell_0_3_1
Review scoresAlways Ascending_header_cell_0_4_0
SourceAlways Ascending_header_cell_0_5_0 RatingAlways Ascending_header_cell_0_5_1
AllMusicAlways Ascending_cell_0_6_0 Always Ascending_cell_0_6_1
The A.V. ClubAlways Ascending_cell_0_7_0 B–Always Ascending_cell_0_7_1
The GuardianAlways Ascending_cell_0_8_0 Always Ascending_cell_0_8_1
The IndependentAlways Ascending_cell_0_9_0 Always Ascending_cell_0_9_1
MojoAlways Ascending_cell_0_10_0 Always Ascending_cell_0_10_1
NMEAlways Ascending_cell_0_11_0 Always Ascending_cell_0_11_1
PitchforkAlways Ascending_cell_0_12_0 6.9/10Always Ascending_cell_0_12_1
Rolling StoneAlways Ascending_cell_0_13_0 Always Ascending_cell_0_13_1
Slant MagazineAlways Ascending_cell_0_14_0 Always Ascending_cell_0_14_1
Under the RadarAlways Ascending_cell_0_15_0 Always Ascending_cell_0_15_1

Always Ascending received generally positive reviews from critics. Always Ascending_sentence_31

On review aggregator site Metacritic, the album holds an average critic score of 72/100, based on 26 reviews. Always Ascending_sentence_32

At the online review aggregator Any Decent Music? Always Ascending_sentence_33 , the album received an average critic score of 6.7/10, based on 31 reviews. Always Ascending_sentence_34

Track listing Always Ascending_section_4

All tracks are written by Julian Corrie, Bob Hardy, Alex Kapranos, and Paul Thomson. Always Ascending_sentence_35

Personnel Always Ascending_section_5

All personnel adapted from liner notes. Always Ascending_sentence_36

Charts Always Ascending_section_6

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Chart (2018)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_0_0 Peak
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Australian Albums (ARIA)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_1_0 28Always Ascending_cell_1_1_1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_2_0 16Always Ascending_cell_1_2_1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_3_0 21Always Ascending_cell_1_3_1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_4_0 13Always Ascending_cell_1_4_1
Canadian Albums (Billboard)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_5_0 31Always Ascending_cell_1_5_1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_6_0 30Always Ascending_cell_1_6_1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_7_0 19Always Ascending_cell_1_7_1
French Albums (SNEP)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_8_0 14Always Ascending_cell_1_8_1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_9_0 13Always Ascending_cell_1_9_1
Greek Albums (IFPI Greece)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_10_0 57Always Ascending_cell_1_10_1
Irish Albums (IRMA)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_11_0 35Always Ascending_cell_1_11_1
Italian Albums (FIMI)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_12_0 31Always Ascending_cell_1_12_1
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_13_0 35Always Ascending_cell_1_13_1
Japanese Albums (Oricon)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_14_0 26Always Ascending_cell_1_14_1
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_15_0 2Always Ascending_cell_1_15_1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_16_0 14Always Ascending_cell_1_16_1
Scottish Albums (OCC)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_17_0 3Always Ascending_cell_1_17_1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_18_0 20Always Ascending_cell_1_18_1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_19_0 5Always Ascending_cell_1_19_1
UK Albums (OCC)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_20_0 6Always Ascending_cell_1_20_1
UK Independent Albums (OCC)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_21_0 2Always Ascending_cell_1_21_1
US Billboard 200Always Ascending_header_cell_1_22_0 59Always Ascending_cell_1_22_1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_23_0 1Always Ascending_cell_1_23_1
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_24_0 5Always Ascending_cell_1_24_1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)Always Ascending_header_cell_1_25_0 5Always Ascending_cell_1_25_1

Release history Always Ascending_section_7

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RegionAlways Ascending_header_cell_2_0_0 DateAlways Ascending_header_cell_2_0_1 FormatAlways Ascending_header_cell_2_0_2 LabelAlways Ascending_header_cell_2_0_3 Catalog no.Always Ascending_header_cell_2_0_4 Ref.Always Ascending_header_cell_2_0_5
VariousAlways Ascending_header_cell_2_1_0 9 February 2018Always Ascending_cell_2_1_1 CDAlways Ascending_cell_2_1_2 DominoAlways Ascending_cell_2_1_3 WIGCD408Always Ascending_cell_2_1_4 Always Ascending_cell_2_1_5
12" vinylAlways Ascending_cell_2_2_0 WIGLP408Always Ascending_cell_2_2_1 Always Ascending_cell_2_2_2
12" vinyl (deluxe edition)Always Ascending_cell_2_3_0 WIGLP408XAlways Ascending_cell_2_3_1 Always Ascending_cell_2_3_2
12" vinyl (bundle edition)Always Ascending_cell_2_4_0 WIGLP408XXMTAlways Ascending_cell_2_4_1 Always Ascending_cell_2_4_2
CassetteAlways Ascending_cell_2_5_0 WIGMC408Always Ascending_cell_2_5_1 Always Ascending_cell_2_5_2
Always Ascending_cell_2_6_0 WIG408DAlways Ascending_cell_2_6_1 Always Ascending_cell_2_6_2
JapanAlways Ascending_header_cell_2_7_0 CDAlways Ascending_cell_2_7_1 HostessAlways Ascending_cell_2_7_2 HSE-1290Always Ascending_cell_2_7_3 Always Ascending_cell_2_7_4

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