You Could Have it So Much Better is a move away from the rainy day boyishness of their self titled debut, taking a knowing, taunting tone. Which makes sense.
They're no longer just a bunch of talented nerds. Franz Ferdinand are international rock stars now. Which means they can have whatever they want. They can sneer "I'm going to make somebody love me / Now I know that it's you / you're lucky lucky you're so lucky" and be believed. After all, arty groupies from their native Glasgow to Moscow are lining up to have their breasts signed by one of the least sexy looking bands on the planet because - wait for it - the music's so good!
They've let fame go to their heads in just the right way. It'll go to your head too.
- Jean Barker
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID...they come back with a big ridiculous stomper, a song whose hooks get so happily ballroom-glam you'd almost think they stole them...- Nitsuh Abebe for PitchforkmediaFranz have elaborated on that sound of theirs subtly enough not to alienate their fanbase, yet also show the kind of growth one would expect from a sequel.- Adrian Begrand for Pop Matters... bigger, stranger and more complicated, but with a darkly seductive current that pulls you under for good. - Alex Needham for NME...plagued by the same averseness to surrender that hamstrung their breakthrough eponymous debut.- Josh Love for Stylus Magazine
Franz Ferdinand's second album, You Could Have it So Much Better, was nearly named "You Could Have It So Much Better with Franz Ferdinand". The almost-was title epitomises their new swaggering, joyful punk attitude.
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