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Hope Is Important

Idlewild Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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.

When the coke-shrivelled testicles of Brit-pop were still in full-swing, ... Read more in Amazon's Idlewild Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Oct 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Food
  • ASIN: B0000252T2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. You've Lost Your Way 1:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. A Film For The Future 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Paint Nothing 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. When I Argue I See Shapes 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 4 People Do Good 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I'm Happy To Be Here Tonight 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Everyone Says You're So Fragile 2:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I'm A Message 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You Don't Have The Heart 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Close The Door 2:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Safe And Sound 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Low Light 5:320.99  Buy MP3 

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy, punk-pop classic 5 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's not often I love an album on the first play - in fact Green Day's "Nimrod" and "Dookie" are probably the only other albums I could say that about. This CD is full of songs which you won't be able to get out of your head - you'll be singing along to the likes of "A Film for the Future", "Paint Nothing" and "When I Argue..." on the second listen. Much more interesting than the likes of Blink 182, more lyrically intelligent and musically diverse. The slower songs, particularly "I'm happy to be...." complement the more frenzied tracks such as "4 people do good" perfectly, in much the same way as "Good Riddance" on Nimrod. Why this band aren't massive is a complete mystery. Buy this and fall in love with Idlewild!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rock at it's Finest! 27 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Whilst not quite matching up to Captain, this album is still one of the best released in the 90's. Singles such as "When I Argue I See Shapes" and "Everyone Says You're So Fragile" are the highlights, but surprisingly (especially if you compare it to Captain), it has its tender moments with "Safe and Sound" and "I'm Happy to be Here Tonight", which punctuate the heavier material perfectly. Though only the singles would earn a place on Captain, the album is well worth buying. Idlewild are like no other band, and it's very difficult to describe their style. Maybe Scottish At The Drive-in with less shouting will do for that. Definitely one to listen to with the volume up, and the neighbours away. Top class, and for a full length punk rock album, nothing comes close!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Idlewild deserved to be huge with this album. However, they remain largely unknown by the mainstream music industry. Maybe this is a good thing - they can't be ruined by the commercialism which destroys the creativity of many bands. This is youth punk that shows an outstanding intelligence and maturity when it wants to. The genius of the band shows through on such songs as "When I Argue I See Shapes" and "I'm A Message" whilst the devastating annihilism of "Low Light" and "You've Lost You're Way" demonstrate a burning feeling of angst. A beautiful sensitivity shines in the form of "I'm Happy To Be Here Tonight" and "Safe And Sound". Idlewild are a band who promise much. With this album they have established themselves and hopefully their next album will propel them to where they belong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth buying 9 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Since buying this albumn idlewild have become one of my favourite bands. There may be a few weaker tracks on the albumn but the rest is raw, really energetic, great music. Not quite as polished as the fantastic 100 broken windows but when u hear tracks such as "paint nothing" and "when i argue i see shapes" you'll rock out. Fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to watch your life go by! 21 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is by far one of the best albums I have ever heard. Fast but slow, Angry but soothing. This is an album for all seasons. It is clear from this first full album that this band had so much potential and in their more recent albums they prooved this. This album has a melodic side as well as furious side. Idlewild were mature before their years and this is a good thing, they pay so much attention to the music as well as the lyrics, it is a refreshing masterpiece. Not what I expected when I purchased it but far better than I could have hoped for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ART PUNK BLISS 28 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Have you ever listened to an album which stopped you in your tracks, pointed you in a different musical direction, then sent merrily jumping away? If not then "Hope is Important" could be the most vital purchase you ever make. "Hope is Important" is a collection raw, emotional idie/art punk songs which spew abstract, vitriol from every orrafice. The range of the music is amazing; with classic (british) punk rock sensibilities displayed by tracks such as "You've lost your way" and "You don't have the heart" occupying one end of the spectrum, while melodic, anthemic tunes like "When i argue i see shapes" and "I'm a message" lie situated at the other extreme. Idlewild in short are undefinable genius's whose music should inspire and uplift music fans of all rock genres.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect. 4 Jun 2000
Format:Audio CD
The only british album to rival Nevermind. It contains all the elements that made captain possibly the finest peice of raw Alt.noise ever realeased and adds to it a tuneful subtelty that very few bands capture in their career. From the opening blast to the final meltdown of low light the album hits highs of so many types. The singles are not stand out tracks simply because every track could have been a single. If 3 colours red can have a top ten with the turgid beuatifull day then "safe and sound" would never stop selling whilst the brilliant, scorching "paint nothing" and "4 people do good" leave you shocked when "happy to be hear tonight" touches you so deeply. Scarily its still only The sound of promise almost fulfilled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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To start off with - this is a brilliant record. A record full of so many highlights, so many memorable moments I honestly think that everyone should hear it. It is about four seconds into the incredible "Lowlight" when you realise just how good, how wonderful an album this is. To use a cliche, there is something for everyone: the energy of "Everyone says that you're so fragile", the mosh-tastic "4 people do good", the beauty of "Safe and sound" all come together to make this a truly indispensable record. In short, you are a few ticks away from the best punk album of the 90's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A young band bound by its influences
I think it is fair to say that, as an opening track to a debut album, “You’ve lost your way” would not have been my choice – in truth, it is a rather an inauspicious start, and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Holtman
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope Is Important: Idlewild - Excellent follow up album
I started listening to Idlewild because I love Roddy Woomble's solo music, his gorgeous brand of modern celtic folk, and I wanted to explore his back catalogue. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Victor
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad for a debut
"Hope Is Important" is the first album from Scottish rockers Idlewild. And in truth, it's rather different from the band's better-known albums "100 Broken Windows" and "The Remote... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2011 by Nachtwunsch
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of things to come...
A really promising debut (for those of a off- piste indie rock persuasion) which lays the fundemental building blocks for the dynamic offerings that would make this band a future... Read more
Published on 30 May 2010 by A. English
3.0 out of 5 stars very raw
I liked 100 broken windows, but I found this was just too samey and just seem to go on too much but if you like the classic punk sound then you will love this and as the Rammons... Read more
Published on 16 May 2010 by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Idlewild's Early Albums Shows More Than Promise
One of the finest albums by any Scottish bands ever, Hope is Important is a classic punk rock album from these young (at the time) upstarts. Read more
Published on 16 May 2009 by C. Skinner
2.0 out of 5 stars Choose something else
Not a good showing for Idlewild. With the possible exception of "Safe and Sound", which by the way you have to wait 10 agonising tracks to hear, the grunge-alternative flavour of... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2004 by S. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Idlewild - The remote part
Well what can I say, an amazing album. Every song is brilliant and widley varied as well. You can choose from really rocky ones to bang your head to, or calm mellowed down tracks... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2003 by Izzie
4.0 out of 5 stars You won't be dissapointed
Last week Idlewild came in at number nine in the charts with their new single " you held the world in your arms" to be featured on their forhtcoming album "the... Read more
Published on 6 May 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
One of the best albums of the 90s by one of the most underrated bands of the late 90s. This album has everything from punk on tracks like "When I Argue.... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2002
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