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.
The fourth album from Idlewild
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