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. It's a stunning, confident piece of work that suggests the band is merely getting started.
  4. 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.
  5. Their first album was one of the strongest debuts in recent memory and this is an equally impressive follow-up.
  6. An album which radically extends the Franz musical palette.
  7. Far more than a sequel. [3 Oct 2005]
  8. 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.
  9. At the end of the day this is a bit more of a grower than the last one, but is easily as good.
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  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]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 192 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 104
  2. Negative: 9 out of 104
  1. ElizabethP
    Jan 17, 2007
    8
    A lot better than their first album since they abandoned a lot of aimless, sloppy guitar strumming. "Do You Want to?" is a great song A lot better than their first album since they abandoned a lot of aimless, sloppy guitar strumming. "Do You Want to?" is a great song although it's slightly embarrassing to sing it on the top of your lungs. The stand outs are "The Fallen" and "Outsiders". This album is more melodic and more coherent than their previous. Full Review »
  2. SebaB
    Jul 28, 2006
    10
    It's the firts album that makes me imitating guitarsolos
  3. John
    Oct 16, 2005
    9
    This album proves that Franz CAN out do their 1st album. "What you meant" is kinda like some of The Beatles good stuff, there is so much This album proves that Franz CAN out do their 1st album. "What you meant" is kinda like some of The Beatles good stuff, there is so much veriety in the new album. Dont listen 2 people slam this and overlook it its sooo dam good, a must!!! Full Review »