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04 February 2006 @ 05:23 pm
At a New Years Eve party, I mentioned to someone that I thought Franz Ferdinand's second album was a dissappointment. Now, this guy is a bit of a music snob, and his reaction to that was quite memorable. "You obviously haven't listened to it enough".

Funnily enough, I've heard it said a few times now that their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better, needs repeat listening before it grows on you. To me, this just means "it's crap, but you'll get used to it".

I have now had repeat listenings and I can categorically state that I am convinced that it is massively inferior to their eponymous debut album. All of the songs on the second album sound pretty much the same, that is a fairly generic 'Franz Ferdinand' sound, but it's Franz Ferdinand at their flattest. Their first album just plain rocks. Their second ambles along. The only real positive I can make is that the lyrics are kind of cool, but that hardly cuts it.

I have to say that, as is often the case, it is a dissappointing follow-up to an astonishing debut.
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Current Music: Franz Ferdinand - This Fire
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Jacobyak_boy on February 4th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
In the early days of Usenet, you would have been ostracised for a one-word response like that.

Of course, this is neither Usenet, nor 'early days'.
Robet Éivaayvah on February 4th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
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Jacobyak_boy on February 4th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
I feel like maybe they released it a little too soon, to ride the wave of success of their first.
Jessjess2903 on February 5th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
I have only heard bits of it, but I get what you mean, its sort of like when you hear a song on the radio and you think that its ok, and then the more you hear it the more you love it. But it all comes down to personal taste in the end.
Jacobyak_boy on February 5th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
But it all comes down to personal taste in the end.

Exactly, which is why I so strongly objected to his musical snobbery in the first place. It reminds me of High Fidelity:

"How can it be bullshit to state a preference?"
Jessjess2903 on February 5th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
And that is definitely ur motto! But thats good! You stand up for what you believe in with everything and its admirable :)
Robet Éivaayvah on February 7th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
Hmmm. In this case I'd say you are right... Although I have to say there are some times when a good artist takes a little getting used to.

Generally it's the situation where it's a kind of music you're not used to, and it takes listening to it a couple times to get over the shock effect.

Of course, in your case you're too used to the artist and they're just being boring. Boo to them.
Jacobyak_boy on February 7th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Exactly. I love the first album. The second album is like one of the songs from the first, played 13 times.