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Opting not to fix what broke them, You Could Have It So Much Better serves up more of the stylish, angular sound that worked so well on Franz Ferdinand's debut. After years of rehearsing in abandoned Glasgow warehouses and playing in relatively obscure groups like the Yummy Fur, it's perfectly understandable why the band chose not to mess with a good thing -- and why they chose to follow up the breakthrough success of Franz Ferdinand so quickly. But, after a year and a half of near-instant acclaim and constant touring, Franz Ferdinand return with songs that just aren't as consistently good as the album that made them so successful in the first place. A lot of You Could ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Opting not to fix what broke them, You Could Have It So Much Better serves up more of the stylish, angular sound that worked so well on Franz Ferdinand's debut. After years of rehearsing in abandoned Glasgow warehouses and playing in relatively obscure groups like the Yummy Fur, it's perfectly understandable why the band chose not to mess with a good thing -- and why they chose to follow up the breakthrough success of Franz Ferdinand so quickly. But, after a year and a half of near-instant acclaim and constant touring, Franz Ferdinand return with songs that just aren't as consistently good as the album that made them so successful in the first place. A lot of You Could Have It So Much Better feels like a super-stylized caricature of the band's sound, with exaggeratedly spiky guitars, brooding crooning, and punky-yet-danceable beats. This isn't an entirely bad thing: "The Fallen" begins the album with a wicked, gleeful welcome back that embraces the jaunty mischief running through most of Franz Ferdinand's best moments, while "I'm Your Villain" effortlessly nails the darkly sexy vibe they strived for on Franz Ferdinand. Meanwhile, the famous friends, arty parties, and "shocking" homoeroticism of "Do You Want To" -- which feels more like a victory lap than a comeback single -- play like knowing, tongue-in-cheek self-parody. However, too many tracks on You Could Have It So Much Better are witty and energetic in the moment but aren't especially memorable. "You're the Reason I'm Leaving," "What You Meant," "This Boy," and the oddly anti-climactic finale, "Outsiders," are Franz-lite -- not at all bad, but not as good as even their early B-sides and certainly not up to the level of "Take Me Out." What helps save the album from being completely predictable are slower moments like the pretty, jangly "Walk Away" and atmospheric, piano-driven songs such as "Fade Together" which really should've been the final track. Best of all is "Eleanor Put Your Boots On," a gorgeous, Beatlesque ballad that suggests that if Franz Ferdinand have songs this good in them, they're selling themselves, and their fans, short with most of the songs here you could have it so much better, indeed. 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. [You Could Have It So Much Better was also released as a DualDisc, with studio footage, a picture gallery, an interview, and the video for "Do You Want To" on the DVD side.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969772522
  • Catalog Number: 97725

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Fallen (3:42)
  2. 2 Do You Want To (3:35)
  3. 3 This Boy (2:21)
  4. 4 Walk Away (3:36)
  5. 5 Evil and a Heathen (2:05)
  6. 6 You're the Reason I'm Leaving (2:47)
  7. 7 Eleanor Put Your Boots On (2:49)
  8. 8 Well That Was Easy (3:02)
  9. 9 What You Meant (3:24)
  10. 10 I'm Your Villain (4:03)
  11. 11 You Could Have It So Much Better (2:41)
  12. 12 Fade Together (3:03)
  13. 13 Outsiders (4:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Fallen (3:42)
  2. 2 Do You Want To (3:35)
  3. 3 This Boy (2:21)
  4. 4 Walk Away (3:36)
  5. 5 Evil and a Heathen (2:05)
  6. 6 You're the Reason I'm Leaving (2:47)
  7. 7 Eleanor Put Your Boots On (2:49)
  8. 8 Well That Was Easy (3:02)
  9. 9 What You Meant (3:24)
  10. 10 I'm Your Villain (4:03)
  11. 11 You Could Have It So Much Better (2:41)
  12. 12 Fade Together (3:03)
  13. 13 Outsiders (4:02)
  14. 14 In the Studio Footage
  15. 15 Gallery
  16. 16 Interview
  17. 17 Do You Want To
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Franz Ferdinand Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Rich Costey Producer
Nicholas McCarthy Composer
Claudius Mittendorfer Engineer
Franz Ferdinand Composer
Alex Kapranos Composer
Shana Moulton Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Franz Ferdinand

    Okay this cd has it all. It has the bag of chips and the all that. You get the beats which keep flowing, and the vocals which are amazing. Also on the DVD side the video makes you feel close to the band... which i think is what every one wants to be. And there is a part where they throw a double bitted AX into a log round with a target on it... Unbelievabally amazing. (sorry about spelling)

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