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Captain (Japanese Import)

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  • Audio CD (6 Jun. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TOSHIBA
  • ASIN: B0000088ZB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,764 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had a bit of a shock when I first heard this album. I was introduced to Roddy Woomble's solo albums by my girlfriend, and instantly fell in love with his brand of modern celtic folk. So I decided to listen to his albums made with Idlewild, a group I was totally unfamiliar with. I decided to start with this debut album, released in 1998. From the opening scream of tortured guitars and strangled vocals it was clear that this was not going to be the album of gentle reflective folk I had expected!

Once my initial surprise had subsided I have to say I really enjoyed this album. It is a classic little moshpit rocker, all grungy guitar with the energy of punk propelling it forward. It seems a very angry album, with some great, snarling lyrics. A wall of frenetic energy emerges from the speakers for nearly 20 minutes, leaving one feeling quite exhausted by the end of it. The group seem to use the recording to relieve their tensions in music, using the rock milieu to express their teenage frustrations. At 6 tracks and 20 minutes runtime the album looks a little short, but you feel so drained after listening that any more would be too long!

Excellent unrelenting rocker, 4 stars.
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HASH(0x977d6c60) out of 5 stars Young and loud (not snotty, though) 25 Aug. 2001
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There's something about Idlewild that just tears your heart out for the sole reason of mending it back to health. The melodies are very reassuring as vocalist Roddy Woomble never ceases to strain his voice in pure catharsis. This six-song mini-album (the band's debut recording) is a youthfully energized assault on the emotionally oppressing aspects of the outside world, while stealthily attacking those that conquer within (tender melody muffled under...well, noise). The opening "Self Healer" is a marvelously abrasive piece, complete with Woomble's ardent whine and the band's relentless power. Speed, strength, distortion, a hackneyed but nonetheless successful combination. The following "Annihilate Now!" is another poignant piece of straight-ahead, melodic (a fitting word for the band itself) sensitivity. It sounds a lot like a song that belongs on the latest, "100 Broken Windows." The closer, "You Just Have To Be Who You Are," is a gritty, cacaphonic sonic workout with lots of feedback and droning yelps, ending with pleas for a captain. Although this is a moving work, it's really only for fans because of its loose, live feel and sometimes inconsistent songs ("Satan Polaroid"). It's not worth 40 bucks, no, but it is worthwhile for any fan.
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HASH(0x97a034ec) out of 5 stars "Idlewild" a very underated indie band 16 April 2000
By Kevin L. Graham - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Idlewild's first album "Captian" is a great album. The album begins with "Self Healer" a very fast song with a great melody from lead singer Roddy Woomble. The songs after this just keep up the pace of great guitar music of the past. The songs "Last night I missed all the fireworks" and "You just have to be who you are" are pure adrenaline rushes. The lyrics are also great, they are heartfelt and real rather then generic cliches. I'm sure any fan of indie/punk music with great melodies will love this album.
HASH(0x97a01f24) out of 5 stars hardcore punk rocking 16 Jun. 2005
By Eric D'Orazio - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This version of Captain is a Japanese import with 4 bonus tracks. Therefore, it makes the EP a full album. So, basically, it's Idlewild's first album. Fair enough...

The thing is that if you are a fan of the Idlewild of The Remote Part and Warnings/Promises, you probably won't like this CD. It exemplifies the hardcore punk stylings that littered Hope Is Important, only mellowing out at "Satan Polaroid" and another song I can't recall. Still, it is a really good CD if you like Idlewild a great deal. Track it down if you can. Definitely worth it.
HASH(0x978f9108) out of 5 stars One of the Best albums ever! 22 Mar. 2000
By Evan4re - Published on
Format: Audio CD
so good. so so good. Even better to see them play all those songs live. buy it now.
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