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You Could Have It So Much Better

Perky, intelligent, and punk-infused.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

They seem to be having a great time on their rock & roll adventure.


Just a bit of fantasy-violent imagery.


Just a bit of innuendo.


Nothing offensive.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of references to drinking and drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these intelligent and witty songs contain just a few violent images and drinking/drug references.

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What's the story?

Franz Ferdinand follows their perky, intelligent, punk-infused debut CD with a perky, intelligent, punk-infused second CD, just as though they weren't tortured by self-doubt or insecurity and were having a great old time performing together and growing as artists.

Is it any good?


As on FRANZ FERDINAND, their first album, they pay gleeful respects to their musical heroes and influences while creating fresh-sounding, interesting tunes.

The lyrics contain a bit of violent fantasy and melodrama, as well as a couple of references to drugs and drinking. But the sound is fresh and fun, and this Scottish quartet seems to be having such a great time on their rock & roll adventure that they sound refreshingly wholesome anyway.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the problems and high expectations involved in following a huge debut hit.

Music details

Artist:Franz Ferdinand
Release date:October 4, 2005
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byhithere April 9, 2008

Ahhhh....Franz Ferdinand....

I must say that after only hearing "Do You Want To", my expectations weren't so high for this album. After hearing "The Fallen" though, I knew I had to buy "You Could Have It So Much Better". So I did and found it great, but a bit stranger than their first CD. "Franz Ferdinand" was almost totally fine for kids; this has more references to alcohol (mostly wine), drugs (one reference to cocaine) and this swears (something "Franz Ferdinand" did not do at all). The swearing isn't too bad, though - they just say things like "Who gives a d---" and "Why the h---"; it could certainly be much, much worse. Some of the songs themselves are kind of weird too (examples: "This Boy" and "Well That Was Easy"). This CD overall though is great - Beatles fans will like "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" and "Fade Together", while it's very hard resist songs such as "The Fallen" and "Walk Away". Like "Franz Ferdinand", you have to get used to these songs before you really like them - but if you take the time, "You Could Have It So Much Better" will be at the top of your CD collection too.
Kid, 12 years old September 29, 2011

great Album

Perfectly clean dance punk is fun and great for kids who don't want to listen to pop rocks
Teen, 14 years old Written bybragoandcheri April 9, 2008

Do you want to buy this album?

This album from the scottish superstars is great. There is a few parts where it talks about drinking and drugs ut otherwise it is a clean album. Two thumbs up!