You Could Have It So Much Better" With Franz Ferdinand, is the second album from the new kings of Britpop. After a year of zipping around the planet, the boys are back to doing what they do best in their own unmistakable way. "YCHISMB" sounds like Franz Ferdinand, but not like their first record. It's definitely them but there's more passion and emotion. "Walk Away" twists through the darkness of a romantic tragedy, while "The Fallen" is dramatic defiance, blood, violence and playful satire over Zeppelin-sized riffs. "Outsiders" revels in alienation and puts it to a beat and a heart-thumping bass. It has the other-worldliness of Joe Meek and the dance-floor hypnotism of Morodor. This album has more width and depth, but the band has remained true to its roots and stuck rigidly to the idea that there shouldn't be anything on the record that they didn't play themselves.
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