It is difficult to know where to start when reviewing this album. It is an amazing acheivement. As someone who played in a heavy guitar band for a few years, I am in awe at the quality of '100 Broken Windows'. It is energetic yet comforting, distorted yet melodic. The beautifully crafted songs are mostly played using the same guitar sound, and the production is such to keep a raw intensity to the music. This inheriently gives a 'samey' feel to most tracks, but in a good way. In my mind it emotes similar feelings to The Smiths' fist album, with songs working together to create something more than just individual tracks. There is an almost tangible atmosphere to this album, it is a grim yet affirming view of life. Lyrically, much is enigmatic. I think the lyrics will mean very different things to different people. Overall, this band has risen to be my favourite at moment, and even when I find something new that takes its place in my record player, this album (the first Idlewild record I heard), will always be near the top of the CD pile.