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You Could Have It So Much Better ist der Titel des zweiten Albums der britischen Band Franz Ferdinand.

Im Jahr 2005 wurde das Album weltweit in der ersten Oktoberwoche in mehreren Versionen veröffentlicht. „So look out for bonus features“, wie es auf der offiziellen Website der Band heißt. Im Gegensatz zum ersten Album Franz Ferdinand, sind auf You Could Have It So Much Better weniger künstliche und Synthesizer-Klänge zu hören. Stattdessen dominiert härterer Gitarrensound. Stilistisch besonders auffällig ist der Song „Eleanor Put Your Boots On“, bei dem der Gesang dem Singstil der Beatles deutlich ähnelt und die Begleitung sehr stark vom Klavier und einer relativ unverzerrten Gitarre dominiert ist. „Fade Together“ ist die erste echte Ballade von Franz Ferdinand.
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Franz Ferdinand's Mercury-winning debut probably graced just as many coffee-tables as indie sound-systems in 2004, thanks to the universal hype. But thankfully You Could Have It So Much Better isn't simply a re-tread of their debut. It's a more dynamic and more rewarding listen that sees band leaning less heavily on their gaunt 'n' groovy rhythm section. In fact, on "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" and"Fade Together", the bass and drums resign entirely, making way for two wistful piano ballads.
Alex Kapranos' observations are more playful here than before, but his delivery remains as sharp as ever. "Who gives a damn about the profits at Tesco?" he asks on ballsy opener, "The Fallen". He's clearly revelling in new his role as today's Jarvis Cocker. Heck, the "laa-la-la-la-la-laa" refrain in "Well That Was Easy" is nabbed directly from Pulp's "Monday Morning".
Had they stuck to their infamous 'music to make girls dance' ethos here, the Franz formula would have worn thin very quickly. Instead, it's been fleshed out. There is more to life than punk-funk after all.
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