You Could Have It So Much Better

Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2005 Ratings: #69 / 441
User Score
Based on 174 ratings
2005 Ratings: #81
October 3, 2005 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.

70
AllMusic

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.

TheBravesDH
87
The Fallen still goes hard af and I still randomly chant lyrics to Do You Want To.
Plats
93
Self-titled Review: "... their debut is untouchable in terms of quality for them."

OOOOHHH HOW I WAS WRONG!!!

So, I'm seeing a trend where a lot of Strokes-era indie rock bands release an second album that's either really close to their predecessors or better, and in such a short release window, too. "You Could Have It So Much Better" is definitely one of them, as it takes everything that made their debut so great and build upon it. Every song on this record could be an ... read more
Starbeam
100
One of the most essential rock albums from the 2000's.
tha138
71
There's a tremendous need to wear their dancing shoes and spin the disco-ball, so they didn't spend much energy to the songs and headed to their wardrobe.
thegeecyproject
81
Hot off the heels of their self-titled debut album, Franz Ferdinand released You Could Have It So Much Better only one and a half years later. As someone who fell in love with music as a whole through their debut, the excitement was high for me at the time. Once again, I bought the album. At the time, I was a bit disappointed because I couldn’t really get into the album past the singles. While songs like “Eleanor Put Your Boots On” still don’t do much for me, and I would ... read more
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Year End Lists

#3/NME
#3/SPIN
#21/Gigwise
#29/Rolling Stone
#30/Pitchfork

Track List

  1. The Fallen 
  2. Do You Want To 
  3. This Boy
  4. Walk Away 
  5. Evil And A Heathen 
  6. You're The Reason I'm Leaving 
  7. Eleanor Put Your Boots On 
  8. Well That Was Easy 
  9. What You Meant 
  10. I'm Your Villian 
  11. You Could Have It So Much Better 
  12. Fade Together 
  13. Outsiders
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