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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: 85 out of 104
  2. Negative: 9 out of 104
  1. ThomasL
    Oct 7, 2005
    You Could Have It So Much Better......No you can't, this is so very nearly perfect
  2. Disco_Stew
    Oct 17, 2005
    Great follow up, Im loving this album, The fallen is a great song.
  3. SebaB
    Jul 28, 2006
    It's the firts album that makes me imitating guitarsolos
  4. AllanF
    Oct 21, 2005
    Anyone who says their first album is better is insane. This one is phenomenal.
  5. 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 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. Expand
  6. ataraxiay
    Nov 6, 2005
    louder than the first one but i regret the cheesy ballads!
  7. pm
    Oct 3, 2005
    (cough) over-rated (cough)

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