Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic 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. They've gotten unmistakably louder and unmistakably gayer--or perhaps I mean, hate the term, more metrosexual.
  3. An album which radically extends the Franz musical palette.
  4. 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.
  5. At the end of the day this is a bit more of a grower than the last one, but is easily as good.
  6. 90
    A brilliant second album unembarrassed about building on the strengths of the first, delivering 13 knockout tunes betraying not an ounce of flab or self-indulgence. [Nov 2005, p.94]
  7. You Could Have... doesn't take you on the journey of highs and lows that the very greatest albums do. Its Greatest Hits feel is both its major strength and its major weakness. [Oct 2005, p.108]
  8. 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.
  9. It's a stunning, confident piece of work that suggests the band is merely getting started.
  10. Far more than a sequel. [3 Oct 2005]
  11. Their first album was one of the strongest debuts in recent memory and this is an equally impressive follow-up.
  12. Franz Ferdinand have slightly tweaked the neo-Brit-pop genre – mixing in funk, dashes of punk, and a bit of disco – and come out with a sophomore album even more confident and hungry for glory than their debut.
  13. The trick is to cede the idea that Franz Ferdinand are meant to deliver the cohesive, moving, traditional Statement Albums their debut may have misled listeners to expect. Some people-- earnest people, like Bloc Party, Sufjan Stevens, and the Arcade Fire-- will go on trying to fill that niche. Franz Ferdinand, though, aren't going to do that, and good on them: We can only hope they'll go on offering us cheeky, energetic surprises.
  14. What's remarkable is how Franz Ferdinand make their camp so compelling. [14 Oct 2005, p.147]
  15. 83
    Sounds exactly like what you'd expect. [Oct 2005, p.132]
  16. 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]
  17. 80
    It'll do just fine for now. But here's hoping for a torturously difficult third album. [Oct 2005, p.140]
  18. The album is just as solid as Franz Ferdinand’s 2004 eponymous debut, and it shows that the group clearly knows its sound -- maybe a little too well.
  19. At its best when working under the three-minute mark, the Scottish four-piece still has nothing relevant to say, but has managed to serve up a tighter collection than its crazily hyped debut.
  20. An album that works best when listened to as a whole. [#11, p.107]
  21. You Could Have It So Much Better probably would've been better if Franz Ferdinand had waited until they had a batch of songs as consistent as their first album, but as it stands, it's still pretty good.
  22. The problem with You Could Have It So Much Better is, as with so many second albums, consistency.
  23. The band's evolution is not without growing pains, but the balancing act of appealing to core fans while reaching for something more is mostly successful. [8 Oct 2005]
  24. Starts off strong and rarely wavers, for better and worse.
  25. By bringing more variety to the table, You Could Have It So Much Better is more of a grower than the much more instantly engaging debut, but like that great first album, the easygoing charisma of this band wins us over.
  26. You Could Have It So Much Better might as well be titled You Could Have It Just As Good A Year Later, since Franz Ferdinand seem to belong to the school of "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it."
  27. Feels like a sequel.... a photocopy that's strong but lacks the original's clarity.
  28. The excellent-to-annoying song ratio on this album is definitely high. Still, their first record was solid from start to finish, and this one smacks so much more of Lennon/McCartney than Kapranos/McCarthy.
  29. Aside from better production values, little has changed about the Scotsmen’s formula.
  30. You Could Have It So Much Better... is plagued by the same averseness to surrender that hamstrung their breakthrough eponymous debut.
  31. The formula has barely changed, although there is a noticeable decline in songwriting quality.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 103
  2. Negative: 9 out of 103
  1. Dec 28, 2013
    9
    Definitely a much more varied album than their debut, Franz Ferdinand's You Could Have It So Much Better is a mixed barrel of things done better and things done worse than on their debut. Overall, it is a much less consistent album, containing possibly their most meaningful song, "The Fallen", and one of their least meaningful songs in "I'm Your Villain." In addition, this an album extremes, with pounding rockers like the title track and "Evil and a Heathen" and gentle, even beautiful tracks like "Walk Away" and "Eleanor Put Your Boots On." Nonetheless, fans of their self-titled album should be fans of this follow-up as well. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2012
    10
    You Could Have It So Much Better (in my opinion) improves upon a great debut album with one that has songs that are more punchy and catchy than their self-titled debut. This is one of the best times I have had while listening to an album, and would recommend this record highly. Full Review »
  3. Apr 25, 2012
    0
    One of the worst albums I've had the displeasure of buying. It possesses all of the pretension of the early '00s indie movement without any of the charm of the hits on the band's first album. Full Review »