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Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

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It’s music of the night: to fling yourself around your room to as you psyche yourself for an evening of hedonism, for the dance-floor, flirtation, for your desolate heart-stop, for losing it and loving losing it, for the chemical surge in your bloodstream. It’s for that lonely hour gently rocking yourself, ... Read more in Amazon's Franz Ferdinand Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B000A82IKW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Fallen 3:42£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Do You Want To 3:35£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. This Boy 2:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Walk Away 3:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Evil And A Heathen 2:05£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. You're The Reason I'm Leaving 2:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Eleanor Put Your Boots On 2:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Well That Was Easy 3:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. What You Meant 3:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I'm Your Villain 4:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You Could Have It So Much Better 2:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Fade Together 3:03£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Outsiders 4:02£0.69  Buy MP3 

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You Could Have It So Much Better is the hugely anticipated second album from Franz Ferdinand. After setting the world alight with their self-titled debut album the boys didn’t hang around too long before getting started on the follow up. Recorded in Scotland and New York, the band’s style has matured and developed. The sound is still unmistakably Franz Ferdinand but they’ve tapped into something deeper and more resonant from the moving epic "Walk Away" to the stomp of first single "Do You Want To".

BBC Review

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. --Jack Smith

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on 30 Dec 2005
Format: Audio CD
Many of my friends think this album is a waste of a cd. Apparently "Do you want to" made no sense, the video was stupid and the song was about nothing.
In fact, "Do you want to" is the song that lured me into this album. This defines what FF are; the slashy guitar tones and the dodgey, funny lyrics/vocals come in and you remember why you liked "Fire", "Take me out" and "Dark of the matinee".
This album is much like their last, but with more songs that make their origins and influences more obvious to the listener. Songs that stand out are: "The Fallen", "Do You Want To", "This Boy" (similar to "Micheal" on their last album), and "walk away is a subtle slow tune that hasn't really been tried very much by Franz ...but it works really well, possibly the best vocal track on the album. Its amazing how they've come up with a huge range of decent tracks in just over a year...they really tried on this album, and it shows through the retroness they create in the recording studio. A must have for any Franz fan, and an excellent album to own anyway. 10/10!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Speller on 5 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
Franz Ferdinand hit the ground running with their self-titled debut album. At the time, when I listened to the album I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread, or since the other amazing debuts in the past like The Stone Roses. I also wondered if they could even reach this height again, or would they drift away into the ocean with the likes of The Seahorses who called it a day when they knew they couldn't better their debut.

Franz Ferdinand know they will fall by the own sword when it inevitably all does turn sour, like The Stone Roses, by the sheer quality and musical depth of their previous albums. It was a brave move to follow it up, and let me tell you - they have pulled it off.
The album starts with a statement. Fallen has a long instrumental start that had me a little worried at first. Had they turn pretentious? Nah, just grabbing the attention of the listener. This attention is held in a tight grip until the album finishes. A truly great album has this type of quality, whereby the listener is compelled to listen and stops the album becoming a background track to a good night. There is diversity in the tracks. There was a slight criticism of the debut being a bit samey. I think this has disappeared due to the clever placement of tracks, slower tracks pepper the track listing with 'Walk Away', 'Eleanor Put Your Boots On' and 'Fade Together' breaking up the otherwise fast paced riot that Franz Ferdinand bring with them.
These slower tracks, do they work? Can Franz do slow? Yes they can. Sounds a little odd when you first hear 'Eleanor Put Your Boots On', not the Franz we know and love I thought, but it grows on you. Franz Ferdinand show they are capable of delivering surprises - something that is especially required after the surprise of the debut.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on 7 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
On hearing this album, the format reminded me so much of Oasis latest album.
Not the sound, but the one red herring track (the first released single) in each case.
For Oasis, it was Lyla. A good song yes, but nothing like the rest of the album. Here, we have Do You Want To, which again is a great powerful song, but nothing like the rest of the album.
That aside, the art-rockers go from strength to strength. A really cohesive album from the boys here, some outstanding songwriting, and an album so creativly diverse it's untrue. There's no filler, and every track is a gem.
Next single Walk Away is perhaps their finest ever moment. It's a track they've had kicking about since early 2004, but has been so expertly produced and harmonised it'll be a crime if it isn't a number one.
If i had to pick the albums highlights, i'd personally go for:
Do You Want To
The Fallen
*Walk Away* - Album Star Track
Eleanor Put Your Boots On
Evil And A Heathen
This Boy
do yourself a favour and get this album. Absolute genius!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Don Fielder VINE VOICE on 3 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm somewhat disadvantaged in assessing this collection because I've never heard the first album - but believe me, it's on my Christmas List! In my experience, second albums released hastily on the back of a successful debut are nothing to write home about. And Mercury prize winners are another cause for suspicion in my book. However, this one is a big exception. It's imaginitive, interesting and (after quite a few listens) entertaining. But you've got to play it a lot of times and give it a chance! With the first hearing, I didn't think I'd enjoy it. And I was right - I didn't - apart from a couple of the more conventional-sounding tracks such as Eleanor and Walk Away. But that's not the time to write a review, which I suspect is the problem with most of the negative reviews here. Giving an album one star because it's not how you would like it to be misses the whole point of objective appraisal. Would you say Beethoven was rubbish because it's not like Coldplay? To my mind this is an excellent album. The dry wit of the lyrics in particular reveals itself gradually the more times you listen. I wouldn't normally resort to filling my review by quoting lyrics but I can't resist including the phrases "I've watched you clean the filth off your phone dial" and "As you walk away, Radio 4 is static". The melodies are unusual but they grow on you and are all the more satisfying for that. It may sound unlikely but at times the sound of the band approaches that of Captain Beefheart's early 70's Magic Band, with a driving bass, thumping drums and a relentless Telecaster rhythm, particularly on "I'm Your Villain". I've not heard another band get near that sound before (and if you like it, get yourself a copy of the astonishing Trout Mask Replica). An original and clever album. Not dramatic enough for five stars but - buy it, give it time and it will reward you.
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