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"We've never really fitted in..." - Roddy Woomble
"A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape." - Mark Twain

Roddy Woomble, vocals; Rod Jones, guitar; Colin Newton, drums; Allan Stewart , guitar and Gareth Russell, bass.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000053TAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,830,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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IDLEWILD 100 Broken Windows (2000 UK 12-track cassette including Little Discourage & Actually It's Darkness)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "discreetlysceptical" on 14 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
From the first to the last, there isn't one song that i dislike on ths album. There is definitely more thinking and less shouting done on this album. When the shouting occurs, it's in small bursts such as "Idea Track", but the thinking is present in the more harmonic numbers such as "Quiet Crown" and "Bronze Medal", ideally the closing tracks from the album. The highlights are definitely live favourite "A Little Discourage" and "These Wooden Ideas" but then the sheer simplicity of "I Don't Have The Map" and "Roseability" prove that the most basic ideas still herald success. Dealing with such themes as loss and lack of possession, Idlewild have created a non idyllic atmosphere where sometimes failure is acceptable. Winning the bronze medal isn't so bad they say, but this has to deserve an outright gold.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "max7207" on 4 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a brilliant album and song writing doesnt get much better than this, especially doing it on every track shows they should be in the main stream music success buisiness with travis and oasis yet they still have been mainly unheard of to most people which is a shame as they are better than travis than oasis! This album kicks off with little discourage and then to a main track 'these wooden ideas' at no.3 and then there is the harmonic 'roseability' and then my personal favourite 'idea track' with a superb rocky chorus giving such an uplift to the song. Other stand out tracks for me are 'quite crown' ,'mistake pageant', 'bronze medal' and 'let me sleep next to the mirror'...oh yeah and of course 'actually its darkness'. Basically every track is either brilliant or good on this album which is rarity yet a sadness that such a gifted band still fails to make the mainstream success of music...I still hope from this album they can get into the ranks of oasis etc. , and I really think it will happen , if you look at the verve it took 3 albums to get them big and it proves patience is also a main priority in music...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is a refreshing change from all the Nu metal stuff around at the moment, if you claim to be a rock fan then you will love this album, no question. Automatically catchy songs such as 'Actually its darkness' and 'These wooden ideas' and then songs with really intelligent lyrics that make you think such as 'roseability' which ponders the theories of Gertrude Stien. My favorite track has to be 'I don't have the map' completly brilliant from start to finish with an excellent guitar hook. The last track is the only slow song,called 'The bronze medal', Tear jerking stuff about failing featuring the line 'nothing but determination, to come in third'. Idlewild are in a league of their own, i cannot think of a band to compare them to, this is great orignal stuff, check it out, all anyone needs is a little discourage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The moment when Idlewild start sounding as if they can fulfil all the promise they've shown since the remarkably brutal and beautiful 'Captain' mini-album emerged just over three years ago. The Nirvana-esque guitar squall is still there, as is Roddy's wonderful, obtusely intellectual lyricism, but these days they have the tunes and harmonies to match. Yearning, idealistic, charming and articulate, Idlewild are so much more than the proto-grunge noisenik kids that the media might have you believe, 'Roseability' and 'Let Me Sleep (Next To The Mirror)' demonstrating a maturity and sensitivity that their lacklustre contemporaries simply cannot comprehend let alone replicate. 'These Wooden Ideas' is possibly the greatest tune ever about post-modernism, and 'Idea Track', with it's chorus holler of "your legs have gone green!", is easily one of my favourite tunes of the year. The guitar assault is still present, just as brutal as it ever was, but the sound is made richer with the occasional use of keys and the band's ever improving musicianship and songwriting ability. Those 'new REM' tags might yet prove to be accurate rather than hindering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By knowledeayton on 5 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
Whereas Captain and Hope Is Important were satisfactory approximations of the rough-edged feel of Idlewild's live shows (Loud, distorted guitars? Check. Screamed vocals? Check), 100 Broken Windows is much less visceral. Roddy Woomble, whilst still prone to hyperactive guttoral outbursts, seems content to relax his vocal chords and - as it were - let the words to the talking. Sensitive, literary soul that he is, he even namechecks Gertrude Stein in Roseability. The rest of the band, too, are more restrained and a smattering of 'other' instruments embellishes several of the songs to good effect, particularly the melancholic closing track, Bronze Medal.

Although 100 Broken Windows enhanced Idlewild's reputation in the music press, this didn't translate into sales; similarly, although musically and lyrically it's a definite progression from their earlier work, it doesn't fully harness the potential that they clearly have. Philosophically speaking, this is a good thing as (hopefully) it means they can only continue to improve. On this evidence, they're certainly getting there.
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