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You Could Have It So Much Better

Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2005 Ratings: #70 / 465
User Score
Based on 249 ratings
2005 Ratings: #76
Liked by 11 people
October 3, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Franz Ferdinand, Rich Costey / Producer
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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.

reptilia0000
78
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
JoaopedroGFBPA
85
valeu cada virus que coloquei no meu computador ao baixar na época que lançou
cL0k3
81
Albums that have anime openings in them 4/50

Anime it opened/ended for: Paradise KIss

Now for the first western album that this journey has led to, one by a band that I discovered, thanks to a list talking about western songs used in anime. And thanks to that discovery, i went down the dance-punk spiral, and came out with a moderate enjoyment of bands like Pedicab, Foals, Datarock, The Rapture, and the like. So that is to say, that my listening to this record is a return of some sort, me ... read more
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
TheBravesDH
87
The Fallen still goes hard af and I still randomly chant lyrics to Do You Want To.
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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

Year End Lists

#3/NME
#3/SPIN
#21/Gigwise
#29/Rolling Stone
#30/Pitchfork
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Added on: September 17, 2012