FRANZ FERDINAND / You Could Have It So Much Better (2005)
The second album from the Glaswegian quartet. It follows the same formula as before but is more aggressive in places while somehow seeming less punchy, perhaps due to over-familiarity setting in already. The pounding rhythm section is amped-up at the expense of the groove. The rehash stuff can't compare to the first album, so it's left to the new additions to be the thing that defines it. Unfortunately, that's a few ballads, which will either hit or miss for most individuals. Still sounds like Blondie at times... and now Pulp. If you're new to FF, I'd recommend the first album as a better entry point.