You Could Have It So Much Better

Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2005 Ratings: #58 / 512
User Score
Based on 484 ratings
2005 Rank: #181
Liked by 67 people
October 3, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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The Observer
With their celebration of individuality and intelligent revelry, pockmarked with blackened holes of evil intent, Franz have upped the ante. Forget any notions of new wave pretenders; these louche, barnstorming innovators are enough.
Alternative Press

For all the hype about the 'Nand-jobs being more literate and tempered on round two, You Could Have It So Much Better is a full-on party record.

An album which radically extends the Franz musical palette.
Coke Machine Glow
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.

Mostly, You Could Have It So Much Better sounds exactly like what you’d expect, with pumping disco beats and lookin’-sharp guitars on track after propulsive track.


Judging by You Could Have It So Much Better, these style-conscious art kids are content to be a fine, entertaining pop band instead.

Entertainment Weekly
What's remarkable is how Franz Ferdinand make their camp so compelling.
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.

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.
God Is in the TV

You Could Have it So Much Better is phenomenal; richer and more complex than its predecessor. And (almost) just as catchy.

Still spiky, edgy and immediate as ever, they’re not sticking to the formula any more. The rulebook is out of the window - the crown princes of art rock are well and truly back.
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.
The Guardian

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.

As strong as this record is, there's a way to go to make good on the promise of its title.
Rolling Stone

The problem with You Could Have It So Much Better is, as with so many second albums, consistency.

The excellence of the first 2 tracks build up false hope to some extent, but in comparison, the remainder of the LP clearly does not contain the same depth of quality as its predecessor. While many songs are better in the moment rather than being memorable, this is still a very good album in isolation and a fun and cohesive listen overall.

Not so much a sophomore slump as a rushed follow-up, 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.


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.

No Ripcord
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.
Aside from better production values, little has changed about the Scotsmen’s formula.

Like any other sequel

Alright, so, recently, I've been seeing an "unpopular" opinion pop-up almost everywhere where Franz Ferdinand is relevant. Either this site, Instagram, or anywhere where music's talked about, there's this one opinion, that states that "You Could Have It So Much Better" is better (forgive the redundancy) than S/T.

Honestly, my love and appreciation for Franz Ferdinand has kinda faded away since I listened to them for the first time, I suppose it's ... read more


I like this album quite a lot, however I feel it just doesn't have the magic that the self-titled has.

It's pretty much the equivalent of The Strokes' ROF, as the sound and the chops are still most definitely there, however the general quality of the songs may lack every now and then. It's not bad at all, in fact it's really damn great at points! Tracks like "The Fallen" and "Outsiders" are legit really great tracks and on the same level as most songs off of s/t. But then ... read more


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You Could Have it So Much Better was released about 18 months after their debut album and is on a par with the quality of that album. It is once again funky, punky and gets you moving. The album has such a strong start in fact the first 4 tracks are all excellent. The Fallen is a brilliant opener with a great groove throughout and fun lyrics. Do You Want To is very catchy, brilliant hooks and I love the bass and drum section in the middle. This Boy has always been a personal favourite, its only ... read more


This might be better than their debut although I'm not sure. EVERY SONG ON THIS ALBUM EITHER BANGS OR GOES HARD. The little songs like fade together compliment the bangers like the fallen and outsiders so well. This album deserves more praise.


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Added on: September 17, 2012