"Bands are supposed to mellow as they get older, idk quite what's gone wrong..."

Indeed. Johnny Foreigner appear at their scrappiest and punkiest on this, their fourth full-length, breaking the trend of older = quieter by the band's own admission.

2011's Johnny Foreigner vs. Everything was seventeen tracks long, and took itself up and down and back and forth through multiple styles in its hour-long duration. It could've been their 60 minute classic, but was ultimately let down by the fact that only about ten of the seventeen tracks warranted inclusion. And only about three or four of them would make it onto You Can Do Better.

You Can Do Better is never anything but unmistakably Johnny Foreigner, but every track possesses something that their previous three releases never quite had. Not one of these eleven songs is unremarkable or forgettable, where previous JF releases had songs that shined and others that hid. 'The Last Queens Of Scotland' wails and crashes, feeling like it should've been the band's very first single, and 'To The Death' showcases the best of Berrow and Kelly Southern's alternating vocals.

The only deviation from this frenetic norm is 'Riff Glitchard', a down-tempo offering that is the band at their most unashamedly emo, channelling American Football and coming up with the lyric of the album/year in: "I might as well be an organ in yr body, the damage I do when I do nothing." They know it too, so much so that it features on one of their t-shirts.

The most noticeable change since ...vs Everything is the introduction of second guitarist Lewes Herriot. The depth and amount of additional scope this has given the band makes these ten songs their most thought-out, sculptured material, but also manage to keep every hook that you ever loved from 2007 debut Waited Up 'Til It Was Light.

The extent to which the band's transition to a four-piece has benefited the songs is almost immeasurable, and as such, listening to a previous, one-guitar Johnny Foreigner becomes frustrating, as it's retrospectively not quite there yet; it's not quite You Can Do Better.

2014 has brought a new, refined Johnny Foreigner. Brilliantly youthful in their scrappy punk, but more sensible than ever in their choices and omissions, making You Can Do Better the album of their careers so far. Each of the ten (plus one bonus) tracks has earned their place here and sits on the tracklisting proudly as such, leaving none of the excess that sometimes plagued their earlier releases.

After four albums and seven years, this time Johnny Foreigner have managed to do a lot, lot better.