This article is about the Franz Ferdinand album.
For its title track, see Always Ascending (song).
It was released on 9 February 2018 through the Domino Recording Company.
It is the band's first non-collaborative album in over four years, following Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013).
The album received generally positive reviews from critics.
It peaked at number three in Scotland and number six in the UK.
Background and recording
They released a self-titled album in July 2015 and briefly toured.
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.
Corrie joined the band for the recording sessions of the album, while Bardot joined after recording was completed.
They previously used RAK Studios to record FFS in late 2014.
Promotion and release
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.
On 25 October, the band released the title track as the album's lead single.
Alongside the release was the reveal of the album's title, artwork, and track listing.
They also released dates for a world tour, starting in October 2017 and ending in May 2018.
A music video for the title track, directed by AB/CD/CD, was released on 4 December.
A music video was also released on the same day and made exclusive to the Apple Music service.
On 25 January, "Lazy Boy" was released as a single.
The album was released on physical and digital formats on 9 February 2018 by the Domino Recording Company.
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.
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.
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Always Ascending received generally positive reviews from critics.
At the online review aggregator Any Decent Music? , the album received an average critic score of 6.7/10, based on 31 reviews.
All personnel adapted from liner notes.
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||28|
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||16|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)||21|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)||13|
|Canadian Albums (Billboard)||31|
|Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)||30|
|Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)||19|
|French Albums (SNEP)||14|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||13|
|Greek Albums (IFPI Greece)||57|
|Irish Albums (IRMA)||35|
|Italian Albums (FIMI)||31|
|Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)||35|
|Japanese Albums (Oricon)||26|
|New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)||2|
|Portuguese Albums (AFP)||14|
|Scottish Albums (OCC)||3|
|Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)||20|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||5|
|UK Albums (OCC)||6|
|UK Independent Albums (OCC)||2|
|US Billboard 200||59|
|US Independent Albums (Billboard)||1|
|US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)||5|
|US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)||5|
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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Always Ascending.