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4.6 out of 5 stars
Idlewild...Plus
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Classy pop? No, something far more. Pop, no matter how classy, doesn't weather 20 years like this and still have the power to move. This album is one that I have listened to repeatedly over that whole time. At times, it has real touches of sublimity. There is real pain here, a longing for a better world that is always somewhere just beyond reach, a world from which we are barred by our neuroses and emotional attachments. And there are moments of redemption too, when it seems we can almost escape, listening to Caruso or hearing shouts from the playground.

Far from an Ikea exercise in pop style, this is a work of extraordinary beauty and maturity.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2003
I bought this about 18 months after it came out but my copy does not have the Rod Stewart song. Actually it's a Danny Whitten song (of Crazy Horse and Neil Young fame) and I Love it.
Idlewild has a sense of maturity, which is stunning when you consider that EBTG were still spring chickens when they produced it. It has fine production values and really shows that they had been on a fast learning curve re sparse v full arrangements.
The songs touch you and are like small vignettes into possible lives. They have such conviction that they could be factual or just beautifully crafted short stories. For many years it was the only EBTG album I owned. I just could not imagine anything else they did could be this good. I was wrong, they have produced many fine albums and now I would be hard pressed to name a favourite. Over the years they have changed but managed to preserve that essential quality that makes them who they are.
A very special album by a very special group. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2012
Well 5 stars for the original album...some lovely romantic songs - one of their best albums for my taste. How many times did I play Blue Moon Rose back in the 80s!

Extras..what can I say.. extras are nearly always disappointing. If you are a fan of the sound of a Casio then the 'home demo's' will delight. But I can't even listen once right the way through. The A-sides and B-sides section, however, is better - I like 'Living on Honeycomb' and 'Dyed in the Grain'. And again, some nice pics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2012
I never tire of listening to this classic album. Every track is a gem. There is so much longing for a better world in these sogs and the mood draws you in to try and understand the viewpoint of the lyrics.This album is amongst my alltime top ten.I agree that you should never tamper with such afine piece of work as this,how can you improve upon perfection?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2012
Probably my favourite EBTG album. Tracey's voice is sublime and the mix of subject matter from 'Apron Strings' to 'The NIght I Heard Caruso Sing' stirs the emotions.
Perfect, classy, Intelligent, Timeless, Pop.
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on 27 June 2015
This was an album that perhaps put them in the light with I don't want talk about it. The plus is well worth the money having so many b sides and tracks from the era as well as demos. Well its down to you many of us have the album already but with all the extras on the second disc its like having an album that just wasn't released. Ok most of these tracks are b sides but are good and reflect the era. If you are a fan go for it. If you don't have the album get the plus for a treat.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2008
I'm no fan of their later dance-style, but this early work hits the spot for me. Tracey's voice is a treat to listen to, and the arrangements complement the songs perfectly. Goodbye Sunday and I Always Was Your Girl are favourites, as well as the Danny Whitten classic I Don't Want To Talk About It, but there are no weak songs. The only thing I would change is Ben singing on The Night I Heard Caruso Sing - he's not a bad singer but I'd rather hear Tracey any day.
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on 6 August 2012
Being a fan of EBTG my comment can be a bit biased. However, the b-side and rarities included in the second CD is just amazing! I do recommend this product!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2001
Idlewild marked a significant return to form when it was released in 1988. Reminiscent of the classic EDEN in its use of horns, guitars and percussion, IDLEWILD is nevertheless a groundbreaker in its use of electronica (tinkling use of drum machines - much better than it sounds! - rattling keyboards) and lyrical subject matter. It has some of the very best ebtg songs - Love is here where I live, these early days, i always was your girl, the night i heard caruso sing. If possible, delete track one - the dire Rod Stewart cover which WEA stupidly added on when releasing the album - when you play. Then, lie back with a glass of something warm and satisfaction is guaranteed.
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on 28 May 2015
.. just a gem of an album! .. bears repeated listens! .. gorgeous! .. if it doesn't move you .. you must be dead! ..
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