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Idlewild are on top form in this latest effort and have not been recognised at all for their brilliance! OK, so it took me a while to get into the album. after having been a MASSIVE fan of captain, hope is important, 100 BW and remote part i was looking for more of the same, and was dissapointed. but then, what should i be looking for here? the same old, or something new, bold and imaginative? i went back to the album and listened to it in a different frame of mind, and im still loving every second of it! a brilliant buy and certainly worth a lot more than a couple of quid! shame on you amazon!!!!!
the album has crossed so many musical genres and shown that idleiwld can do just about anything and make it sound their own. they are completely individual and original in their ideas, whilst finding inspiration in so many different musical areas. they deserve the highest praise for this outstanding piece of work. but who's going to ive it to them? obviously not amazon, come on guys!
This album is a sonic pleasure with a lot of new ideas and instruments and I believe it will satisfy all existing fans.
Magazines like Q often mark an album by how much it has progressed from the last while the NME marks how cool the band is or how good the album actually is. I think this album is alot like the last in terms of grand scope. If you listen to Automatic for the People and Losing My Religion they sound like they were made at the same time.
Idlewild made a massive leap when they made The Remote Part which is a fantastic album, on this album Idlewild dish out more of the same great looping songs with lyrics which repeat but slighly different line from the last line. The lyrics themselves are often timeless like Michael Stipes at his best with Woomble coming up with obscure clever wording which often give a feeling like they are references from great books or influential poetry when they are probably infact from his own mind. Like for instance "Photograph my tears as they hit the ground" is on parr with Stipes "count your eyelashashes secretly" I would say that the album would have been absolute perfection like the last one was if one of the songs were left off because the lyrics are a bit throw away and when Roddy sings them they sound bare and lacking conviction like U2s new stuff.Read more ›
Compare "Not Just Sometimes" to a track such as "You've lost your way" from Hope Is Important. The difference is staggering. Many critics seem to have written this album off, making it seem like Idlewild have sold out to their punk roots.
Certainly Warnings/Promises is not punk, and it clearly shows a line of heritage from The Remote Part. The band has matured, and so has the music. If they carried on writing the same punk, critics would only rebuke them for being stuck in a rut.
Have no doubt though, the talent, passion and ability that has been in all albums previous is still here. The lyrical genius remains, the music may be more mellow, but it doesn't stop it being great. Idlewild are still a cut above other modern hyped rock/indie bands, and as such this album deserves your attention.
Stand out tracks include the lead single "Love Steals us Loneliness", "Welcome Home" and my own personal favourite "El Captain".