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  • Summary: The Scottish band's eagerly-awaited follow-up to their acclaimed self-titled debut is preceded by yet another insanely catchy single, "Do You Want To."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. A full-on party record. [Nov 2005, p.201]
  2. The trend for disappointing follow-ups bucked with enviable panache, You Could Have It So Much Better leaves you eager, rather than concerned, about Franz Ferdinand's next album.
  3. Despite the quick gestation, it's actually better than the successful debut - a rare enough occurrence - and the direction in which they've pushed things is equally surprising.
  4. 80
    As strong as this record is, there's a way to go to make good on the promise of its title. [Nov 2005, p.92]
  5. An album that works best when listened to as a whole. [#11, p.107]
  6. Starts off strong and rarely wavers, for better and worse.
  7. The formula has barely changed, although there is a noticeable decline in songwriting quality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 103
  2. Negative: 9 out of 103
  1. SebaB
    Jul 28, 2006
    10
    It's the firts album that makes me imitating guitarsolos
  2. JenniferE
    Oct 7, 2005
    10
    Fantastic collestion of songs both fast and slow the best without doubt is The Fallen.
  3. ExecutionerJones
    Oct 22, 2005
    10
    Their first album was a eight. This one is a ten! It's the best album I've bought in ages. EVERYONE needs to hear the title track turned way up! Expand
  4. BrianA
    Oct 3, 2005
    9
    One of the best albums of the year. An awesome followup, which has the band trying out new things, and branching out in directions I would have never seen them going. One thing I don't get is why they decided on "Do You Want To" as the first single. It's a good track, but others on the album are far better. Expand
  5. AllanF
    Oct 21, 2005
    9
    Anyone who says their first album is better is insane. This one is phenomenal.
  6. Oligami
    May 20, 2007
    7
    They evolved the way I feared they would. This record definitely needed some more restrain.
  7. pm
    Oct 3, 2005
    0
    (cough) over-rated (cough)

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