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Boomkat Product Review:
What with the gruelling 'album-promotion-tour' schedule dictated to many big bands by their label, Franz Ferdinand should be praised in managing to get their follow up 'You Could Have It So Much Better' done and dusted in such a short time. On the off chance you've managed to avoid the Archduke's favourite band over the past couple of years, their sound is an amalgam of Scottish post-punk (Orange Juice, the Fire Engines etc.), intelligent Britpop (Pulp) and a dash of Blondie/Talking Heads-esque feistiness. As for the record, I can't really say how much it deviates from their eponymous debut as I was only fleetingly familiar with the singles, but buoyed by the rather wonderful sing-a-long riffage of 'Do You Want To' a couple of weeks back I approached it with some level of anticipation. And you know what; it ain't half bad. Managing to deftly side-step the debilitating pitfalls that an NME courtship can reek (Arctic Monkeys; you have been warned), Franz Ferdinand's music and lyrics are a cut above the norm, with lines like "The last message you sent said I looked really down, that I oughta come over and talk about it, well I wasn't down, I just wasn't smiling at you" (from the title track) showing a deft humour and lexical virility. With early copies housed in a hard-back book replete with bonus DVD and Dadaism/Constructivist art-work a-go-go, Franz Ferdinand have made an urgent second album that leaks vim and vigor. A good thing, I'm assured.