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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B002ICGC82
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Younger Than America
  2. Readers & Writers
  3. City Hall
  4. (The Night Will) Bring You Back to Life
  5. Dreams of Nothing
  6. Take Me Back to the Islands
  7. Post-electric
  8. All Over the Town
  9. To Be Forgotten
  10. Circles in Stars
  11. Take Me Back in Time

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BBC Review

With the Sanctuary group folding just as 2007’s Make Another World was released, Idlewild became effectively unsigned. For a band that has often been charmingly out of step with the times over their 14 years of existence, they displayed an impressive topical grasp, asking their fans to fund this seventh album by ordering it upfront. It’s a lively, louche affair, with a healthy blend of raw, rough edges and considered wit. By never fitting in with any ‘wave’, the Scottish outfit have, as much by accident as design, established themselves as an attractively quirky, highly individual proposition.

Not that they can be bothered with any of that tricksy ‘straddling genres’ business: this is, generally, straightforward guitar rock with tinges of country and folk drawn from Roddy Woomble’s sabbatical in New York as a folkie. Feet planted firmly back in Scotland, they still brazenly echo the tics and riffs of REM, Pearl Jam and Springsteen in his plodding, air-punching phase, but it’s the details – and Woomble’s laidback, wry lyricism – which reveal a more intriguing, devil-may-care twitchiness.

Opener Younger Than America is as unthreatening as The Replacements or The Jayhawks, but single Readers & Writers suddenly charges in with a belligerent, infectious, horn-based motif that tilts at the lofty heights of Dexys Midnight Runners. After one or two fillers, the title track – nothing to do with Dylan, they claim – breaks into ‘ironic’ squealing guitars which revel in competing with Television or Crazy Horse. Like the frequent falsetto “la-la-la”s and big choruses, it’s hard to resist. Woomble is still a more alert wordsmith than most of his peer group: he’s stopped straining to mimic his idols and even chucks in a leavening joke now and again.

Overall, they’ve loosened up, discovered fun. That’s a strategy which can lead to self-indulgence or downright calamity. In Idlewild’s case, it means a band notoriously straitjacketed by self-consciousness in the past has elected to join the spirit of the party, to take off their specs and have a bit of a romp. The net result is that they, and hence we, can breathe and stop worrying. A kind of lift-off, at last. --Chris Roberts

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Geddo on 29 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I got the early release of this album through the band and it had hardly been off my cd player since. To me it's kind of a mixture of everything that Idlwild have done through the years with quite a few songs such as 'Dreams of Nothing' and 'To Be Forgotten' sounding similar to stuff on the 100 Broken Windows album.

It took me a few listens to really get into the album as you discover new intricies with each listen and appreciate to work put in to this record by the band, there is barely a weak track. Just a shame as the previous reviewer stated 'No Wiser' which was a bonus track on the pre-order cd from the band is not included on this as I thought it was the standout track.

Get the album and also see them live on their upcoming UK tour if you can they are an amazing band!!!

Also just read a review of the album in Q magazine giving it a ridiculous 2 star rating calling it 'the band's most mature offering to date'. Yes the band have matured dramatically since their early records but that doesn't make them bad, it makes them better, more confident and brings us more brilliant records such as Post Electric Blues!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gigoer on 12 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
One could be forgiven for thinking that this latest offering portrays Idlewild growing old gracefully, but realistically this is the sound of a band who are trying to reinvent themselves. It doesn't come close to the indie rock genius of the "The Remote Part" and the happy-go-lucky "Make Another World", or the intrigue of the confused "Warnings/Promises", but rather depends on several different influences to produce a fresh sound. Does it work? Yes, but only just.

As the album opens with "Younger Than America", you instantly notice this is truly & recognisably Idlewild, a vicariously riffed tune, and one that will once again accuse them of being, albeit in a good way, influenced by REM circa the Document era. Add to that, an effective backing vocal by Heidi Talbot (who aided and abetted Roddy Woomble's 2006 solo country-ish effort "Secret Of My Silence" to magnificent effect, more on that later).

More of the same on "City Hall", classic Idlewild. Bearing in mind this is their 6th album, it still works in so far as the song exudes their undying zest for what they do. "Dreams of Nothing" echoes sentiments of "Century After Century" from the "The Remote Part", picking on what made them underground greats while avoiding overdependence on it.

Nevertheless, the album is not without its pitfalls, "Readers & Writers" is chart-popped up to an ultimately ineffective extent with oversold bombast on its chorus; it's only the album's second track and in early listens, you worry that Idlewild may be trying to become commercial - which just isn't them. The same could be said of the late-on "All Over the Town". It would sound great live but forces little effect elsewhere. Another poppy effect on "Circles in Stars" features a distorted doubled up vocal that asks "why, why, why?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
First released in 2009, this is the sixth, and at the time of writing, last, release from Scotland’s finest rockers Idlewild.

Following the journey taken in their previous few releases from teenage mosh pit gremlins thrashing their guitars to a more grown up style, this appears to be the apotheosis of their transformation. It’s not as frenetic or thrashy as their earlier albums by quite some way, by comparison it is almost quiet and contemplative. It’s still got a lot of energy and rocks out, but it is more restrained, more mature than their earlier work. In fact it’s almost a halfway house between the traditional Idlewild sound and the solo work of Roddy Woomble. It’s a perfect blend, a really well balanced sound backed up by some great lyrics that I find an extremely satisfying listen. 5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Percy Frizelle on 6 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
It may come as a surprise to you to learn that Scottish rockers Idlewild are still going strong. Despite singer Roddy Woomble looking increasingly likely to go solo (he has released two folk albums with compatriot contemporaries) his main band continues to make enjoyable, melodic rock music despite their advancing years.

It's over ten years since the band exploded onto the post punk-rock scene with their thrillingly brief mini album Captain, and over time their sound has mellowed considerably. Yet Post Electric Blues, their seventh record, still harbours that early energy. In fact, it's their best in years.

Post Electric Blues follows up on that sweatily-delivered promise. Opening track Younger Than America has a vaguely country feel to it, but the pace of it is a clear gear forward from their last effort, the tepid Make Another World.

The following two tracks, Readers And Writers (the album's lead single) and City Hall, are among the band's best ever output, and that is no exaggeration. They brim with a vitality rarely found in the band's recent albums.

The soft and folky pair of songs (The Night Will) Bring You Back To Life and Take Me Back To The Islands seem more suitable for a Woomble side-project, not fitting in to the album's rougher sound at all, and the album fades at the end. It's a disappointment after such a promising start.

Indeed, you can almost tell the most listenable tracks just from their titles. Post-Electric is full of typically obscure Woomble lyrics, To Be Forgotten is riff-heavy and enjoyable yet ironically not memorable and Dreams Of Nothing again recalls their earlier work, with guitarist Rod Jones coming to the fore for the only time on the album to dominate proceedings.
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