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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."
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  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. May 25, 2012
    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. Expand
  2. Dec 28, 2013
    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. Expand
  3. Jan 6, 2012
    While still has many good moments, their style wore thin a bit for me on their second record. There was little or no progression in style and it lacked the tunes of their debut. Expand
  4. Apr 25, 2012
    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. Expand

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