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5.0 out of 5 stars Support Your Local Poets
Idlewild have come a long way in a short space of time. Whilst their debut album was brash and uncomfortable, the follow-up "100 Broken Windows" showed more control, a well-honed songwriting talent, and signs of greatness to come. Now on "The Remote Part" the band find perfection in their sound, and match it with a powerful set of songs that attack you with feeling,...
Published on 15 May 2004 by William Geoffrey

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm
Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad album and it contains some well written songs, but it bothers me that a band which, at its inception, seemed to have so much energy and invention now seems content to drift towards bog-standard indie rock.
The reviews for this album compared it to REM, The Smiths and Echo & The Bunnymen, but aren't those the bands that every...
Published on 19 May 2003 by gavin_perry


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Support Your Local Poets, 15 May 2004
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This review is from: The Remote Part (Audio CD)
Idlewild have come a long way in a short space of time. Whilst their debut album was brash and uncomfortable, the follow-up "100 Broken Windows" showed more control, a well-honed songwriting talent, and signs of greatness to come. Now on "The Remote Part" the band find perfection in their sound, and match it with a powerful set of songs that attack you with feeling, proving to the likes of Coldplay that emotional music does not have to be wistful and melancholy. If ever an album began perfectly then it is this one. "You Held The World In Your Arms" rips into you right from the start, with dynamic guitars and strings creating a tension that never lets up until the finish. This is surely one of the greatest songs of the millennium to date. Then, without a chance to catch a breath, you are flung headfirst into the punchy "A Modern Way Of Letting Go", before finally being able to relax in the shimmering beauty of "American English", the other standout track on the album. There are moments of magic throughout – like the two-part guitar solo at the end of "I Never Wanted", and the majestic piano line that rides over the chorus in "Live In A Hiding Place" – and Roddy Woomble's emotive vocals sit perfectly on the intense backing sound. The stirring album closer "In Remote Part" fuses an explosion of sound with Edwin Morgan's reading of "Scottish Fiction", and proves that poetry can be used effectively in song without appearing pretentious. One of the most exciting and unique-sounding albums produced for a long time - if Idlewild continue this remarkable progression then album number four will be something to behold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you couldn't ask for better!, 23 Feb. 2003
This review is from: The Remote Part (Audio CD)
Idlewild have been around for quite a while now, and their previous album '100 Broken Windows' was a great record in itself, and well worth a look if you haven't heard it yet. But lately, and quite unexpectedly, Idlewild have began to get some attention a band of their talent deserves, but usually doesn't get.
On each album Idlewild have show signs of improvement, by simply writing a better set of songs than last time. And that is the case here, it is just a quality album all the way through. It is also well balanced with a good mixture of songs, some are fast and aggressive while others are more slow and acoustic based.
The 4 released singles are a good representation of the album as a whole, they are all quite different styles, yet are all distinctive of Idlewilds sound and are all great songs.
So if you have been a fan of Idlewilds older material, you will like this album, because it's along the same lines as their past work, but more refined, well written and basically better in ever way.
While if you are a new fan, who's only just heard the recent singles, if you liked them, then you'll like this album too.
It really is a fantastic album that I struggle to find fault with, by far the best album of Idlewilds career so far, and one of the albums of the past year!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 14 May 2007
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This review is from: The Remote Part (Audio CD)
After hearing a couple of tracks on the radio i decided to buy this album and im glad i did as this is now one of my fav albums of all time. Most people will know Idlewild from the song (You Held The World In Your Arms) which is on this album and a great song at that but i have to say theres much better songs than that on this album (American English) for one is amazing and shows Idlewild at their best. Overall this album is purely amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better, 3 Jan. 2006
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S. E. Gunter "The Guntersss" (Guildford, England) - See all my reviews
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I first heard "You held the World in Your Arms" on Kerrang and after being heavily impressed i bought the album, and what an album it is. The best Idlewild album in my opinion and something that would attract interest from Goo Goo Dolls fans for example. The album simply does not have a filler song and all the songs could be related to by anyone with well thought lyrics and superb musical accompiament. A definite must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravehearts of Midlothian, 18 July 2002
This review is from: The Remote Part (Audio CD)
Lazy music journalists have in recent weeks tried to fit an Edinburgh square per into various global round holes. By trying to pigeon hole Fairfoull, Jones, Newton and Woomble a decisive element of this album was missed.
Evidently there are numerous markers for this stage of the bands evolution, Smiths-like front cover and song titles, to Kings of Convenience's introspective intros with a fragile beauty to compare with brethren of Athens, Georgia. The aspect of this record noticeably missed was the sound that is Idlewild. This landmark release will in turn torment future bands with comparisons as Idlewild find the remote part of music influence.
From Captain to now Idlewild have created a thoughtful raucous combination to stir the minds and limbs. Fears risen from rumours of mainstream audience pleasers in the ilk of Glasgow's Travis are dispelled with the first song.
You held the world in your arms was everywhere from Eastenders to world cup highlights montages yet never lost the appeal that Idlewild have produce consistently. It is possible to listen to the first and last tracks and find the heart of what the record has to offer. Addictive melodies, mentalist drumming, unpredictable guitars, intriguing wordplay and the unexpected poetry of Edward Morgan on the title track cement the feeling that if success arrives, no inch has been given on Idlewild creative part.
Woomble's voice is a major victory. Often hidden behind the music and Americanisation's, it emerges here as a proud throaty Scottish cry, and as a reult the lyrics have never seemed better.
There is not a weak moment throughout, and highlights will vary from listener to listener such is the records craft.
Akin to Witness's Under a Sun, The Remote Part realises potential and whets the appetite for more. the only hope is that this record reaches the audience it deserves and that the appetite is not soured by an 'Invisible Band' of a return.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Remote Part: Idlewild - Finely crafted breakthrough album from Scottish rockers., 2 Oct. 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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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 fourth album released in 2002.

After building up a reputation with their earlier albums and live shows, this seems to have been the breakthrough album that really brought them to a wide audience. It has moved on from the frenetic punk/grunge energy of their earlier albums. It's still an energetic album, but the sound has matured somewhat. The band use better production to give a sound that is more layered, textured and subtle than the in your face guitar led rock of their first two albums. It's still guitar led rock, but it sounds more mature and there are moments of quieter reflection. It's a very assured piece of work from a band that are still full of ideas and creativity, now coupled to experience and knowledge to produce a classic album. It is also the forst of their albums that feels like it was was conceived and recorded as an album, rather than just a collection of songs. By far their best album up to that point, five stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idlewild come up trumps again, 17 July 2002
This review is from: The Remote Part (Audio CD)
after two amazing abums and a fantastic mini album debut in Captain you wouldn't think idlewild could create yet another 5 star album yet they have. This album is as good if not better than any previous records. It has the big commercial hits in "you held the world..." and "american english", it has the old style grunge punk sounds in "modern way of letting go" and "(i am)what i am not" and still has room for the acoustic songs such as "i never wanted" but most of all it has a haunting and beautiful end to the album with the song "in remote part/scottish fiction" which includes a poet written and read by scottish legend Edwin Morgan. All in all there is not asingle track on this album that can be faulted in anyway, it has grungey tunes for the fans of the Captain Ep yet has the mature songs as well which show how diverse and promenent band they are in todays music industry. Thank you idlewild.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real masterpiece!!, 22 Nov. 2002
This review is from: The Remote Part (Audio CD)
1st-Hope is important- is a good product because of their energy of aggression. 2nd
-100 broken windows- was also a good thing because Roddy wrote very attractive songs
which linger in ours ears.
However their 3rd-The remote part- is a really outstanding album compared with former ones .
Listening to their sound, songs, & Roddy's cry , Our hearts will be moved and we'll get a passion.
Great recommendation for people who like Rock Songs , from a man living in a faraway country Japan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEY JUST GET BETTER!, 17 July 2002
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I have been a fan of Idlewild for about 4 years now and i cant believe that they are only just getting the recognition and plaudits that they have deserved for ages!!
Like the awesome 100 broken windows there is not a bad track on this album, Roddys poem esque lyrics are now even more beautiful and musically idlewild have expanded.
standout tracks here include, 'American English' 'I am what i am not' 'Live in a hiding place' and 'Stay the same'.
Overall an amazing album with a strong emotional theme throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a damn good album!, 9 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: The Remote Part (Audio CD)
Idlewild have never made a terrible album, but their third full-length record 'The Remote Part', released in 2002, probably still remains their best so far. This breakthrough release spawned the indie anthem 'You Held The World In Your Arms' (which should be enough to make you want to listen to more anyway), as well as the hit singles 'American English', 'Live in a Hiding Place' and 'A Modern Way of Letting Go'. Top marks for the closing song, 'In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction', which opens with a beautiful acoustic track, complete with a memorable acoustic riff, before building into solid rock, with stunning poetry read over it before finally reaching a satisfying climax.

Every inch a modern classic, 'The Remote Part' is not only an essential listen to the Idlewild fan, but an excellent album that belongs in any indie rock music collection.
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