"Will ‘Take Me Out’ ever get old? Did it ever get old? Maybe it’s already been through cycles of getting old and then sounding fresh again. Whatever the situation, whenever Franz Ferdinand seemed good or bad or hip or unhip, this song has always seemed undying, mostly rightfully. You hear ‘Take Me Out’ at a party, and it might make a few people smirk as it reminds them so specifically of 10 years ago, but in general it’s universally loveable. People with only a passing interest in music and diehard listeners alike can find common ground with a song like this, neither party needing to identify it as a guilty pleasure. That moment, about a minute in, when that perfectly angular little riff finally comes in: that is one of the immortal moments of ’00s indie rock. Say what you will about Franz Ferdinand — not many artists get one of those to their name."
Feels weird to say, but this album kinda changed my life. 2004, what a year.