Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Uncut
    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. Q Magazine
    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]
  6. Mojo
    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. The problem with You Could Have It So Much Better is, as with so many second albums, consistency.
  8. Under The Radar
    An album that works best when listened to as a whole. [#11, p.107]
  9. 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.
  10. An album which radically extends the Franz musical palette.
  11. Their first album was one of the strongest debuts in recent memory and this is an equally impressive follow-up.
  12. Starts off strong and rarely wavers, for better and worse.
  13. Spin
    Sounds exactly like what you'd expect. [Oct 2005, p.132]
  14. Entertainment Weekly
    What's remarkable is how Franz Ferdinand make their camp so compelling. [14 Oct 2005, p.147]
  15. Alternative Press
    A full-on party record. [Nov 2005, p.201]
  16. Aside from better production values, little has changed about the Scotsmen’s formula.
  17. 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.
  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. Blender
    It'll do just fine for now. But here's hoping for a torturously difficult third album. [Oct 2005, p.140]
  20. The New York Times
    Far more than a sequel. [3 Oct 2005]
  21. Feels like a sequel.... a photocopy that's strong but lacks the original's clarity.
  22. 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.
  23. Billboard
    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. 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.
  25. You Could Have It So Much Better... is plagued by the same averseness to surrender that hamstrung their breakthrough eponymous debut.
  26. At the end of the day this is a bit more of a grower than the last one, but is easily as good.
  27. 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."
  28. 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.
  29. It's a stunning, confident piece of work that suggests the band is merely getting started.
  30. They've gotten unmistakably louder and unmistakably gayer--or perhaps I mean, hate the term, more metrosexual.
  31. The formula has barely changed, although there is a noticeable decline in songwriting quality.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 208 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 208
  1. ElizabethP
    Jan 17, 2007
    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
    It's the firts album that makes me imitating guitarsolos
  3. John
    Oct 16, 2005
    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 »