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You Could Have It So Much Better
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After more than a year spent on the road behind their breakthrough self-titled debut--just how many times can Alex Kapranos sing "Take Me Out" without getting his skinny tie into a knot, anyway?--you might expect the members of Franz Ferdinand to feel a little frayed around the edges. But if You Could Have It So Much Better was supposed to be a bloated sophomore album focusing on bad airline meals and cold hotel swimming pools, somebody forgot to tell the Mercury Music Prize winning Scottish quartet. Instead, the Franzies return with a disc packed with thrilling punk-pop treatises like the single "Do You Want To," political rabble-rousers such as opener "The Fallen," and lovely psychedelic ballads that explore the common ground between the Beatles and Bowie, like "Eleanor Put You Boots On" (about Eleanor Freidberger of the Fiery Furnaces, no less). It's a stunning, confident piece of work that suggests the band is merely getting started. --Aidin Vaziri

Customer Reviews:

  • Taking themselves out of the spotlight: debut album v2.0
    What do you do when a pretty good band records a pretty good sophomore album... that sounds pretty much like their debut album? Answer: you give them one less star in your Amazon review. That's EXACTLY the case with this year's "You Could Have It So Much Better" by Franz Ferdinand.

    The band almost literally photocopied their first album, to the point that I would challenge someone who hasn't heard them before, to tell a song as belonging to one album or the other. Not that they put together a poor album: far from that, but they stuck to the "proverbial" formula. As much as they stood out in 2004 with their debut, this time around, they became more of the same......more info
  • FF ..ya
    I am a huge Franz fan and I loved this album. If yall are franz fans too then you should definitely consider Rikki Rocket's new album "glitter 4 your soul" it is a masterpiece comprised of music that will add glitter to your soul...literaly! so check it out if yall like franz...more info
  • You Really Could Have It So Much Better
    This album is appropriately named, because you honestly can do so much better than this album. Their prior album was very good, but with the exception of a few tracks, this one is bland. I listened to it maybe 10 times after buying it when it first came out and didn't listen to it again until today, hoping I would have a different opinion of it. But I haven't changed my mind. If you liked their first album, I would recommend the Arctic Monkeys, which is a fantastic band. Both of their albums are superior to anything Franz Ferdinand has done....more info
  • So much better than their debut
    I liked Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut album but it seemed to me that the band was sometimes so focused on playing up their campy image that it detracted from the music (e.g., the ridiculous German vocals on "Darts of Pleasure").

    On "You Could Have It So Much Better" the band has realized their potential. Their songwriting range has expanded greatly and now seems to draw inspiration from the '60s as much as the '80s (especially "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" and the Kinksy "What You Meant"). And the warmer production makes for a much more satisfying listen then the excessively harsh debut.

    Sharper songwriting + better production - campy theatrics = a much stronger showing than "Franz Ferdinand." This is one of the best albums of 2005 and I'm looking forward to even more growth on future discs....more info
  • Better than their debut
    First of all let me say that nothing on here tops "Take Me Out" from the first album. The album itself however is actually better than the first one. The band sounds more confident, and really lets loose. "Do you want to" is this album's "Take me out" and doesnt quite live up to its predecessor. The album sounds more complete with a good mix of high energy songs and slow ballads. It's the kind of album that needs to be listened to from beginning to end to really appreciate it. ...more info
  • Go Listen To Gang of Four Instead
    If you want to see where this type of music came from go check out Gang of Four. They're a more original group than Franz Ferdinand. No, I'm not saying Franz Ferdinand is horrible or anything. There's some catchy pop here. It's alright but don't fool yourself into thinking they're revolutionary or anything. Also, I bet you're checking out this page in the first place to find the next big thing. The future of music, right? Maybe you should check out Skinny Puppy's Greater Wrong of the Right album instead. That's the future of music. Not this....more info
  • Well do you
    While not as fond of this release as their first, it's still a frequently played catchy sound. Their energy is refreshing and doesn't feel contrived. All-in-all I like it....more info
  • Where's the slump because i just don't see it!!
    Another Reviewer very shrewdly said that we have come to the point now in the music business where we expect every Bands second album to be an automatic slump. Alot of people out there are rejecting the second album without ever giving it a chance. It is difficult, without question, to re-create a fresh approach after such a successful first album. yet I certainly believe this is better than the first without question. Why you ask? Well because from a personnal opinion i did really rate the the first album. In Amazon terms it was a three-star album and no better. The insanely catchy 'Take Me Out' proppelled the album above and beyond it's worth. It was good album without question but I just didn't see what was so brilliant about it. This album however, I feel, shows a real improvement over a strong first album. The first four or five tracks are fantastic and perhaps tails slightly to the end, but only slightly. The Music I feel is more consistenly stronger on this album. There is no stand-out track on the album like 'Take Me Out' which is certainly down as a modern classic. And I think its better for it. Perhaps I am being way too over-critical of the first album because of the great success of 'Take Me Out' over-shadowing it. Yet by the same token many people are being wildly unfair to their second album which is catchy consistent and strong right the way through. What else could we ask for; perhaps a Take me Out remix??...more info
  • All They Wanted
    All This fab four wanted to do was make an album and songs "that girls can dance to" well they acheived that and much much more. I love Franz Ferdinand, but not to be so biased I am saying that the songs are kind of repetetive, yet if you know every word to every song (like I do...sigh, I need a life) you can tell the difference. the best songs on the CD were, The Fallen (sweet guitars), Do You Want To? (Yes I do!) and many others. Much of their old stuff is great, but the new stuff is awesome! Cheers!...more info
  • It could have been a little bit better
    To read all of this review or many more like it check out my music review blog @ http://twowaymonologues.blogspot.com, or in a few check out the brand http://www.twowaymonologues.com.

    One thing is for certain the rest of the planet and myself couldn't get enough of the first album that this band released. The debut album by Franz Ferdinand was something that was largely accepted by the public, with songs like "Take Me Out", "This Fire", and "Jacquline" to name a few, it was hard not to like this album. Now this was back in 2004 so we the listener since that time have been salivating for the chance to hear anything that was new by Franz. They toured for a while and released that album that lots of bands release now where you essentially re-release the first and tack on like a new track or two and maybe throw in a DVD of tour footage. Really that's more for the hardcore fan, I don't really dig all that backstage access stuff I'm just into new music, so if you'd waste less time filming and more time recording like a proper musician then you could satisfy your fans cravings faster. I will admit that I wasn't as excited as I thought I would be for the release of this CD, but I think it was because I had fallen out of that post-punk love that I used to have. To prepare for this new album I wanted to get back into the swing of things in a positive way so I listened to the first album to remind myself why Franz Ferdinand was different than all the rest that seem to blend into the genre. It worked, which is good because it helped me revisit my love of Franz Ferdinand's music and also I am more excited now for the new album than I had been before hearing the first album. All in all Franz will deliver me a saga, and I am curious to see which direction the band has decided to go in what with the success of the first album....more info
  • Lucky, lucky, we're so lucky!
    While Franz Ferdinand made one of 1983's best albums with their 2004 debut, they obviously had to be aware that you can only ride the goodwill train of hype for so long. Which means that they had to pull on all the creative resources they could muster to guarantee a successful follow-up. "You Could Have It So Much Better" delivers in spades.

    From the oddly political opener of "The Fallen" to the Blur/Beatles trip of "Eleanor Put Your Boots On," this CD finds the Ferds skipping the sophomore slump and delivering an album that puts the world on notice that there may be enough to the band that they'll have a full-on career. "YCHISMB" is also a darker album than the debut, with the ballads showing serious growth past the novelty of their post-punk roots. Both cocky ("Evil and a Heathen") and self-doubting (especially "Fade Together"), this is the kind of rock that would be all over MTV in its golden age. FF drops chewy hooks like on the inescapable "Do You Want To," and "This Boy" with snappy choruses and chunky guitar hooks that just cream with perfect pop-confectionaries.

    And the fact that the "YCHISMB" delves into the sardonic side of pop that made FF's debut such a delight without sounding like a complete retread (entered into evidence: "Room On Fire") makes me love them even more. The kiss-off of "Walk Away" - and "no buildings will fall down, no quake will split the ground" - or the glib religious sneer of "I break this bottle and think of you fondly" are indications of potential brilliance to come. ...more info
  • I can't believe what I am hearing. (added somemore stuff that I am sure your going to like)
    THIS RECORD IS NOTHING MORE THAN RECYCLED 80'S POP MUSIC. ANYTHING FROM THE CURE,DEPECHE MODE, FLOCK OF SEAGULLS, AND A DOZEN OTHER RADIO BANDS FROM THE 80'S. I THINK PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT THESE GUYS HAVE AN AUDIENCE THAT IS SO YOUNG THAT THEY DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER. A PRIME EXAMPLE IS SOMEBODY WHO WAS PRAISING THIS RECORD SAID THAT THEY REMINDED HIM OF GREAT BANDS LIKE THE KINKS, THE DOORS, AND THE CLASH. ARE YOU F**KING SERIOUS KID! THE CLASH WERE A FANTASTIC AND CREATIVE BAND THAT CONCIEVED THEIR OWN SOUND THROUGH GREAT MUSICIANS AND WITH LYRICS THAT WERE POWERFUL POLITICALLY AND SOCIALLY, WHERE IN THESE GUYS MUSIC AND LYRICS CAN YOU FIND THAT! I WON'T EVEN COMMENT ON THE COMPARISON TO THE DOORS AND THE KINKS, BECAUSE THAT IS JUST ONE OF THE MOST IGNORANT THINGS I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE! WHEW GLAD THAT'S OVER WITH NOW MAYBE I CAN FIND SOME RELEVANT MUSIC TO CHECKOUT!====== I loved Ginger's review she actually proved my point and at the same time praised the album. hahaha! "music for girls to dance to" That statement kind of blows away that stupid remark somebody made about this band being as relevant as the Kinks, Doors, or the Clash. I am done the sheep may return to their flock!!!!!!!!! (TO CLARIFY THAT WOULD BE THE LOCAL MALL FOR EMO'S.)...more info
  • A Good Follow Up
    Overall this is a pretty good follow up to the band's self titled debut. If it is not as strong, it does seem to be building a solid foundation for their third release. Franz Ferdinand has shown themselves to have the talent and attitude to pull off something special, and if this is not it, at least it beats a good portion of what is currently their compititon (i.e. Interpol, Bloc Party, Kaiser Cheifs, etc.). Until 2007.... ...more info
  • So Much Better
    There should be a warning label on this album that keeps you from listening to it in the car. When I first bought it, I had no idea what to expect, and found myself dancing while trying not to run into other drivers. This is another instance of hooking you in and not letting go, and though there are a few slower moments, they are wisely few and far between. I also haven't laughed as hard at an album, not in the Weird Al sense, but at how fun the songs are. Yes, some of the lyrics are goofy (You're lucky lucky, You're so lucky!) but the songs themselves, the time and key changes in unusual places are jarring, but somehow flow with the rest of the song. Take Well That Was Easy, which goes from a driving rock tempo to a a more danceable tempo and back again. You're thrown for a second, but can easily adapt. The overall feeling you come away with from So Much Better is the infectious sense of fun, of what a great time it must have been to be in the studio with these guys. The record is full of little surprises that are always a delight, even after you've heard it enough times to anticipate them.
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  • No sophomore slump here
    Fans of the first Franz Ferdinand release will no doubt be fans of this one. It's nice to hear the band pick up right where they left off, especially with all of the pressure of following up to such a classic debut. It's as if the band recorded two albums worth of material all at once, then split it up into two albums. "Do You Want To" is the radio hit and a great song. But there are even better songs on the album. The opening 3 tunes certainly keep you rockin', an important element to an album, in my opinion. Then the band delivers the more mellow but stingingly bitter "Walk Away", one of their best songs yet. If you don't have this disc yet, get it while it's hot!...more info
  • I Think I Have It Pretty Damned Good
    I don't understand why people are so disapointed. Why do people want another debut from this band. They've already given it to you. "You Could Have It So Much Better" is NOT the same as their debut. It is progression. Why would you want another "Take Me Out"? No. Although I LOVE their glorious debut, I'm glad this not a replica.
    However, Franz Ferdinand still radiates thier sexy tongue in cheek attitude only they've matured enough to incorperate "ballads" like the very Beatles inspired "Eleanor Put Your boots On" and "Fade Together".
    "You Could Have It So Much Better" somewhat reminds me of "Veni Vedi Vicious" by The Hives a tad bit (and that's not bad; it's very very good). If there every was a complaint that these songs sound similar to one another then it's probably with "You're The Reason I'm Leaving" and "Well That Was Easy". These two great songs could very easily become one. Try and listen to them back to back. You'll hear the similarity but perphaps Franz has done this on purpose. Tracks 6-8 (to me) is a trilogy of three stages of breaking up. All around the album is all delicious and sweet. My favorite tracks are "This Boy (super sexy song), The Fallen, and What You Meant". Noticed how I didn't mention anything about "Do You Want To". Opps....more info
  • Franz does it again with "You Could Have it So Much Better", but leaves room for improvement.
    For quite a while, i have been hearing the naysayers telling us all of a "sophomore slump". On the contrary, "You Could Have it So Much Better" shows us an even broader expression of Franz Ferdinand's artistic capabilities. This album blends a couple of ballads (Eleanor Put Your Boots On, Walk Away, Fade Together), some pure punk-rock songs (This Boy, Evil and a Heathen, Well That Was Easy, Outsiders, What you Meant, You're the Reason I'm Leaving), some just-plain-crazy-indescribeable songs such as Do You Want To, The Fallen, You Could Have it So Much Better. I was exceedingly pleased with Franz's eponymous debut and this album may very well surpass it....more info
  • Could Have Used More Variety
    Being a big fan of Franz Ferdinand's first piece of work, especially the classic "Take Me Out," I checked out their follow-up album to see if they could avoid the sophomore slump and provide us some more rock anthems. This album has a problem though in the lack of variety. Either their sound doesn't permit a great deal of variety, or the vocals don't permit it. Either way, it's a very monotonous record.

    In fact, the first track is the best track, and it's the best gauge to see if you're going to like the rest of the album, because if you love the song, then you can stand listening to the whole album in one sitting. Otherwise, you're out of luck. Not to say it's a bad album, it just could have used more depth to it. So, hardcore fans unite, everybody else find other means.

    Real Score: 2.5...more info
  • Wonderful Stuff, again
    I think that some reviewers SO expect a sophomore slump that they hear one anyway, even when there isn't one. Such is the case with FF here. This follow-up record isn't one iota worse than their debut. In many ways, it's more confident.

    Franz Ferdinand has a sound so distinct they could patent it. They rock and keep rockin'...and if you don't believe me, listen to just snippets of Evil and a Heathen, I'm Your Villain (the hooky bassline nicked from The Clash's Train in Vain...but improved upon!), You're The Reason I'm Leaving, and Outsiders. This group is fun to listen to it's like an illegal drug.

    Why not 5 stars then? Only, because it's VERY similar to their 1st effort, almost interchangeably so. For instance, the final song, Outsiders, is very similar to the final song on their first cd, 40'. They both employ melodicas at the end, I believe, and virtually the same tempo (still, they are both GREAT tunes!). I would have liked a little variation, development and maturity. I hope when they come back with album #3 they've added some new twists. In the meantime, this album is on high, heavy rotation. One of the best of the year!...more info
  • Dissapointing follow up.
    This is a let-down compared to their debut. The singles ain't too good either. You Could Have It So Much Better peaked at #8 in the US, but by its 5th week on the chart it's at #83, and is flopping bad.

    Their debut is soooo much better!...more info
  • The Sophmore Album of the Year, Bar None
    "Indie [Slang For Independent} Rock Is the Underbelly of Rock." said Meat Puppets front man Curt Kirkwood in the Mid Eighties, and while for the most part Indie rock has been shunned over the years since leading Indie rock groups like Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., and the Pixies have disbanded, in the year 2004 it suddenly became the new "it" music. With people like The Killers, Modest Mouse, and Interpol suddenly becoming major icons in modern music, it looks like Indie rock may have found its glory days. Of all of the indie rock "heroes" no one is more powerful than the modern Indie-rock Kings Franz Ferdinand, and with their sophomore effort they do nothing but back up their place in history as one of the most popular Indie rock bands of these past two decades. You Could Have It... opens with "The Fallen" a cheese-grater guitar shredding Funk Rock anthem about the wonders of Destruction N' Rock and Roll. Coming Shortly after "the Fallen" is "Do You Want To?" the first single off of the album and one of their catchiest songs ever, all an ode to the wild party driven lifestyle the four boys from Glasgow, Scotland have had thrown at them after the success of their self- titled debut album. The Two Standout Tracks On the Album are "Walk Away", a bittersweet ode to rejection that could've easily been written by Burt Bacharach, and "You Could Have It So Much Better..." a pounding bass n' drums anthem about the sheer annoyance of Passive-Aggressive people. All In All, the album has only one weak spot (Hence the Four Star Rating) and that weakness is in the song "You're The Reason I'm Leaving" a sloppy, watered down virtual remake of the song before it "Evil and a Heathen." The Days of Pavement being the Indie Rock Gods are long gone, and I doubt if the now bloated R.E.M. can ever take back the throne of the lords of the Underground, so to all of you fellow Indie rockers, take a step back, Franz is the new King....more info
  • Horrible single, good album.
    There's no way Franz Ferdinand's high-energetic follow up is better then it's smash hit debut "Franz Ferdinand- Self Titled". While it's still a good album (and if you're a true fan, still worth the money) the lyrics seemed to be dumbed down, and not as original as in the first album. Has a few great tracks, but the cd is brought down by the single "Do You Want To", and a couple others.

    Hopefully Franz Ferdinand bring it all back with the next album, I'll definitely be anticipating it....more info