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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 CD (7 Mar. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00076SJ5U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. As If I Hadn't Slept 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Not Just Sometimes But Always 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Blame It On Obvious Ways 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. Goodnight (Contains Hidden Track 'Too Long Awake (Reprise)') 8:06£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Their Fourth Full Length Produced by Tony Hoffer (Air, Beck, the Thrills) and Recorded in Los Angeles. Idlewild were Voted Third in the Lists best Scottish Band of all Time Poll in Scotland. This is One of the UK Press Most Anticipated Albums of 2005. Will Appeal to Fans of Coldplay, the Doves and REM.

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The fourth album from Idlewild, Warnings/Promises sees these Scottish rockers drifting further and further from their genesis as feedback-toying moshpit gremlins; mostly conceived on an acoustic guitar and fleshed out later in the studio, it perhaps makes sense that this is an album that's at its strongest when it catches its creators at their most reflective. Clear stand-outs come with the folksy "I Understand It" and the cello-and-xylophone-accompanied "Not Just Sometimes But Always", restrained moments where frontman Roddy Woomble's vocals – sounding more like R.E.M's Michael Stipe than ever – are granted enough room to spread their wings. However, some of the rockier moments misfire – see the blustering "Too Long Awake", which cuts off abruptly after a few minutes of fairly aimless guitar screech as if suddenly aware it's outstayed its welcome. All in all, there's a feeling here that this is a transitional album for Idlewild, one that catches them in the process of morphing into something else entirely. But who knows? Maybe their Automatic for the People lies just around the corner. --Louis Pattison

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Warnings/Promises is the fourth full-length studio album by Scottish rock band Idlewild, released 2005. The album is renowned amongst Idlewild fans for being a departure from the sound of their earlier material: the album blends contemporary folk influences with melodic rock. If ever there were a band whose name perfectly summed up the tensions inherent in its music, that band is Idlewild. The Scottish quintet continues to garner comparisons to R.E.M., presumably for its steady, ambitious march toward arena-courting rock on its own artistic terms. (Goodness knows the two bands don't sound remotely alike, despite rather curious insistence to the contrary from the U.K. music press.). The Remote Part, Idlewild also maintains residence in the fields of spirited, indie-influenced guitar-rock while also holding onto singer Roddy Woomble's predilection for wordy poetics. If those elements don't exactly sound complementary, well, there you have the aforementioned tension.
That drama plays out most noticeably on songs like the above-quoted which sways along at a leisurely mid-tempo pace before stepping aside for an enjoyable but low-key guitar workout, submerged in insistent guitar effects but never lifting off out of its agreeable drone. Warnings/Promises is a transitional record, charting the necessary growing pains any band endures as it progresses. Idlewild may still be figuring out exactly how to juggle its conflicting elements, but there are more than enough truly bright spots on Warnings/Promises to remind the listener of what the band is capable of when it fires on all cylinders and even when it doesn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2012
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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. I started with the debut album, 1998's `Captain', and got a bit of a surprise to find a grungy, punky moshpit rocker rather than the folk I had expected. It was so good however that I decided to explore further and so eventually came to this, their fifth album released in 2005.

It is an album that very much shows the guitar thrashing feedback loving lads of earlier days have started to mature. As they have got older they have both matured in their outlook on life and grown in their musical ability. It's still got the fast moments, but it is a much slower album that their previous offerings, with a strong strain of reflection and maturity running through it. The production is skilful and layered, providing a rich textured backdrop for Roddy Woomble's now much more laid back and thoughtful singing. It really starts to point towards Woomble's solo offerings. It's a classic album, and definitely worth 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2012
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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. I started with the debut album, 1998's `Captain', and got a bit of a surprise to find a grungy, punky moshpit rocker rather than the folk I had expected. It was so good however that I decided to explore further and so eventually came to this, their fifth album released in 2005.

It is an album that very much shows the guitar thrashing feedback loving lads of earlier days have started to mature. As they have got older they have both matured in their outlook on life and grown in their musical ability. It's still got the fast moments, but it is a much slower album that their previous offerings, with a strong strain of reflection and maturity running through it. The production is skilful and layered, providing a rich textured backdrop for Roddy Woomble's now much more laid back and thoughtful singing. It really starts to point towards Woomble's solo offerings. It's a classic album, and definitely worth 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "rachelcdowning" on 11 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
I must confess that before buying this album I was already an Idlewild fan and I didn't think that warnings/promises could top " the remote part", if you hanker after the bands punk beginngs then this is not the album for you, but if you appriciate good music and intelligent lyrics then buy this.
Standout tracks the incredible "not just somtimes but always" and "blame it on obvious ways" and the lyrical genius of " welcome home".

One thing that does confuse me is the quite frankly lazy comparisons to REM there are some loose similarties but idlewild are well on their way to becoming a great band in thier own right and I hope the record buying public will one day wake up to this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Walker on 27 Jun. 2008
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Many a reviewer has cast shadows of doubt over Warnings Promises. I however am not one of them. For me this album was a great improvement over The Remote Part, more intelligent, more consistent and more coherant.

At first listen I too was very unsure. I winced sharply at hearing the steel pedals later on in the album and the spiky 'Too Long Awake' is not a song to listen to every time and enjoy it. But for me the songs just glisten and ooze integrity and poetry. On songs like 'Welcome Home' and 'I Understand It' Roddy's earnest hearfelt lyrics had not sounded better and the move towards a more folky sound has resulted in some wonderful and carefully composed songs, which for me show a band which has come of age and mastered its craft. That is not to say Idlewild have forgotten how to compose a great rock song. 'Blame it on your Obvious Ways' is one such example.

It drifts away from the punkier sound of yesteryear, yes, but does not compromise their integrity or in anyway suggest they might have 'sold out' and that can't be a bad thing. For the sceptics please give this album another go and I'm sure you'll learn to love it.
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