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Warnings/Promises [CD]

Idlewild Audio CD
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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: 36,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Love Steals Us From Loneliness 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Welcome Home 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Want A Warning 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Understand It 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. As If I Hadn't Slept 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Too Long Awake 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Not Just Sometimes But Always 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Space Between All Things 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. El Capitan 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Blame It On Obvious Ways 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Disconnected 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Goodnight (Contains Hidden Track 'Too Long Awake (Reprise)') 8:060.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars go on just buy it whats the worst that could happen 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 11 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
More melodic than The Remote Part, my previous favourite, and with a hint of folk rock in there too. "Love Steals Us From Loneliness" seems at first to be a bit of a let down, but as you listen to it more and more you begin to appreciate the beautiful, slightly saddening lyrics. "Welcome Home" is instantly addictive. "As If I Hadn't Slept" has great lyrics and a well-blended upbeat tune. "Not Just Sometimes But Always" is my personal favourite, just because the lyrics roll off your tongue and the subtle violin melody slips ino the music beautifully. "El Capitan" has an extremely catchy tune and makes you want to listen to it endlessly, with a happy and wistful tune.
I love every song on the album, but here I have picked out my favourites. This is a great all round album, clearly the best of Idlewild. Every song stands out for itself. If you have liked any of Idlewild's music, like soft rock/folk/indie, or indeed have a good taste in music, GET THIS ALBUM. It's AMAZING - I'm not exaggerating!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one for the collection... 10 Mar 2005
By jamie
Format:Audio CD
Idlewild pull off yet another brilliant album, packed with catchy tunes and lyrics, leaving you wanting to listen to it over and over again.
Tracks that stand out for me are; 'I Want A Warning', 'The Space Between All Things' and 'Blame It On Obvious Ways.'
It's just incredible, buy it now... you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lee from East London 5 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
I listen to the album in HMV and bought it straight away.I am a real music lover and while I LIKE having something to rock too,this is totally cool aswell.I think it is all down to a matter of taste,Some people who are trying to be trendy rocker's are giving this album a slating.I am a big Led Zep fan and to me they created some of the best rock music ever played,but also check some of there acoustic stuff which is well cool as well,so my advice is check it out give it a listen.
I also purchased on the same order from Amazon The Kaiser Chiefs which is a cool indie rock album and bright eyes something for the mellow which in my opinion deserves album of the year
Well I hope this review as inspired to buy the idlewild album
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone 9 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you listen to what you've got and then you realise that its nothing- go out and buy this album. With brilliant andlyrical perfection. This is music at its best and it takes some beating. A wide selection of songs, each beautiful in its own way, taking a whole new step after the new band members joined and that change is good, though don't let this review overshadow their old material. In its own way I feel there old material was better but in a different way. Looking for something new? Try 100 Broken Windows, Spin's 1# Album you have not heard of 2002.
10/10 A Star CD, the best of the best! and i just can't work out why they aren't as well known as they damn well should be...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant progression. Criminally under-rated 26 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
A fantastic effort from Idlewild here. why is it selling for £1.96??????????? is this a mistake? because, well, i think it is quite wrong that one of the greatest albums of 2005 shud be sold off so cheaply so quickly! whats going on?
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a real grower 26 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
no.9 in the charts and it topples down the sales charts but surely Idlewild deserve a bit more.This is a great record that takes repeated listens and once you hear it more and more it just gets better.Stand out tracks include "love steals us from loneliness","as if i hadn't slept", "El capitan" and "blame it on obvious ways" but there's not a dud in sight.One of the best records of the year so far, as in better than Athlete's,the bravery's,the stereophonics' and kaiser chiefs albums so give it some love and buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Much Gentler Side of Idlewid
I've come late to my appreciation of Idlewild, and this along with the Remote Part are my favourite albums of theirs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Newbold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Another fantastic album for fans of Idlewild. I can listen over and over. Worth the money even for one listen.
Published 19 months ago by A. Keen
5.0 out of 5 stars Warnings/Promises: Idlewild - Not just for sometimes, but always
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 21 months ago by Victor
5.0 out of 5 stars Warnings/Promises: Idlewild - Not just for sometimes, but always
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 21 months ago by Victor
3.0 out of 5 stars Scratched Cover
Happy with the condition of the CD its self. Though as I bought it knew as christmas present I wasn't pleased that it was not in it's original wrapping and the cover was scratched... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Brodie
5.0 out of 5 stars An absaloute jewel in the Crown - Fantastic
Warnings/Promises is the fourth full-length studio album by Scottish rock band Idlewild, released 2005. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by P. Frizelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer perfection
I have never said this about an album before, but it is sheer perfection. Every Idlewild album is diferent, that's what makes them so amazing. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2008 by Suzie Macpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and learn to love.
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,... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2008 by A. J. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Only 4 stars!
It's not a bad album, to be fair, but it's no where near their best.

I've just read another review which said that most idlewild fans fall into 2 categories, either pre... Read more
Published on 30 April 2006 by Mr. Matthew Munroe
2.0 out of 5 stars I just can't quite get behind it.
Let's be honest...99% of Idlewild fans fall into one of two groups: pre 'Remote Part' and post 'Remote Part' (check their frenzied forum for proof). Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2006 by Mr. Darren Halford
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