You Could Have It So Much Better





The success of Franz Ferdinand’s self-titled debut album rocketed the eccentric four-piece to a world of mainstream recognition. The group’s explosive single, “Take Me Out,” became somewhat of an anthem of the times, encouraging even the most dormant individuals to embrace the dance-rock phenomenon (yeah Franz sold band shirts at Urban Outfitters- so what?). In a matter of just a couple years, the band has gone from hosting live shows in an abandon warehouse to touring the world with the support of a major label. But despite the immense success the band has experienced, it is now the responsibility of their new follow-up album, You Could Have It So Much Better, to solidify the group’s longevity. The challenge of producing a successful second album is well met by Franz Ferdinand, as the band takes another progressive step forward. This album awards the boys an opportunity to step out as musicians, while continuing to retain the sound they perfected with their debut. You Could Have It So Much Better is an eclectic mix of '60s pop, '80s new wave, and contemporary dance/rock (think the Beatles meets the Cars meets Gang of Four). Again we are introduced to the 4/4 syncopation of the Franz Ferdinand rhythm machine. Drummer Paul Thomson and bassist Robert Hardy drive the band with their simple yet extremely effective grooves. Meanwhile, the brisk vocals and rustic guitars of both Alexander Kapranos and Nicholas McCarthy provide for a series of addictively catchy hooks. You Could Have It So Much Better is equipped with numerous powerhouse pop hits that will continue to help turn the tide of horrid crap that passes for pop music these days in hopes that one day soon pop music will not only be fun to listen to, but will also have soul. Here's to Franz Ferdinand for yet again showing the masses that it can be done.

Franz Ferdinand
Domino/Epic

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You Could Have It So Much Better