Year 2, Day 23: You Could Have It So Much Better, yo.

Year 2, Album 23: Franz Ferdinand – You Could Have It So Much Better

Tracklisting

  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 Villain
  11. You Could Have It So Much Better
  12. Fade Together
  13. Outsiders

About the Album

You Could Have It So Much Better is the second studio album from Scottish rockers, Franz Ferdinand. The album was released on October 3 2005. The album is certified gold in the United States.

Thoughts on the Album

Franz Ferdinand produces some of the strangest music I have ever heard. By “strange” I mean every song could have multiple meanings. With their second studio album, You Could Have It So Much Better the blokes from Glasgow, continue this pattern. As a reminder, “strange” does not equate to bad. It equates to different.

Might as well start off with the rest of album before talking about lead single, Do You Want To. The album opens with The Fallen, a track that fuses a distorted version of their track Matinee with a Led Zeppelin-esque riff, before switching/turning into a classy post-punk classic. The Fallen is definitely one of Franz’s finest songs to date, and one of the many highlights on this album.

Quick hits: Walk Away, the fourth track, displays a softer side of the band. Sharp riffs, funky bass, and pounding drums… classic Franz at it’s best. Eleanor Put Your Boots On, the seventh track, could possibly the most heartwarming track on the album. It brims with hope and confidence. Well That Was Easy, the eighth track, containing only lone verse and a chorus, the gentlemen of Franz Ferdinand expertly change speed and key in this song. But sadly, I wasn’t a fan of the rest of the songs. To me, they were just standard filler.

Über-mega-smash hit: Do You Want To. 

Where to begin with the second song, and first single from the album, other than HOLY CRAP. Do You Want To, is like Take Me Out‘s moodier older brother. Like Take Me Out before it, it’s an extremely incredibly catchy pop song. You will instantly recognize when the song starts playing and the song won’t leave your head for weeks because of the main hook, the “Do-do do-do-do-do-do-do” line. The guitar riff repeats throughout the song, much like how Take Me Out‘s guitar riffs did. The bass line and drums work perfectly together and build up into the grand finale. The lyrics have enough snark, wit, sarcasm, and cynicism for days.

Conclusion

You Could Have it So Much Better is a vast improvement (in all departments) for the gentlemen of Franz Ferdinand. The lyrics are better and smooth. The instrumentation is crisper and sharper. The songs on the album are filled with such a confident approach that there is no uncertainty, even among the filler. It should definitely be in your music collection.

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