Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
You Could Have It So Much BetterCD15
  • JP2005-09-28
Epic Records International (2001-2006 reissue label for int'l music released in Japan, formerly a company/division of SMEJ,)EICP-5554547366022230
You Could Have It So Much BetterDigital Media13
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s)827969480014
You Could Have It So Much BetterCD13
  • XE2005-10-03
  • GB2005-10-03
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s)WIGCD1615034202016120
You Could Have It So Much BetterCD13
  • GB2005-10-03
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s)WIGCD161X5034202016137
You Could Have It So Much BetterCD13
  • US2005-10-04
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s)EK 94800827969480014
You Could Have It So Much BetterCD15
  • JP2005-12-07
Epic Records International (2001-2006 reissue label for int'l music released in Japan, formerly a company/division of SMEJ,)EICP 5754547366023237
You Could Have It So Much BetterCD13
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s)828768348920828767348926
You Could Have It So Much BetterDualDisc (CD side) + DualDisc (DVD-Video side)13 + 4
Domino (USA - DNO cat #s), Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia828767416020828767416021
You Could Have It So Much BetterDualDisc13
Domino (USA - DNO cat #s)EN 97725827969772522
You Could Have It So Much BetterCD15
  • JP2006-02-01
Epic Records International (2001-2006 reissue label for int'l music released in Japan, formerly a company/division of SMEJ,)EICP-5954547366023923
Promotion
You Could Have It So Much BetterCD13
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s)WIGCD161P[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Do You Want To
Eleanor Put Your Boots On
I'm Your Villain
The Fallen
Walk Away
included in:Franz Ferdinand / You Could Have It So Much Better
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/11510 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Franz_Ferdinand:You_Could_Have_It_So_Much_Better_(2005) [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/jw54 [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/franz_ferdinand/you_could_have_it_so_much_better/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000405455 [info]
Wikidata:Q1139485 [info]

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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.