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Soft vocals of late/Loud guitars of old,
This review is from: Make Another World (Audio CD)
I must admit that when I bought this album I approached it with a mix of great anticipation as well as caution....a lot of follow-up albums of recent bands seem to be such a disappointment and I thought Warnings/Promises was a bit hit and miss (although 'Love Steals Us From Loneliness' gives me goosebumps!).It didn't disappoint.....
The whole album has pace!The opening track 'In Competition For The Worst Time' could be on any of the earlier albums with its thundering drums and slightly distorted vocals, as could 'Everything (As It Moves) with its blinding angular lyrics and thrashy guitars and drums.'No Emotion' with its dancey hook and catchy chorus is an absolute classic-(it's moshpit heaven live!)How could this single not have been in the top 10?!!
The pleasant (even mature) vocals Roddy has of late are still correct and present (vs the youthful yelps/shouts of old-still miss a bit of this though!) but the crunchy guitars and pounding drums are welcome back, particularly heard on the superb 'A Ghost In The Arcade'(with its furious riff) and 'If It Takes You Home'.'Future Works' with its jangly guitars are complimented by the driven closer 'Finished It Remains'.I especially like the way that I had to increase the volume of the start of 'You and I Are Both Away' only to be blown away by a gust of guitars and drums!!I still listen to this song the same way!
Idlewild's first 3 albums (including 'Captain'), particularly '100 Broken Windows' are among my all-time favourites and would be difficult to top. I'm fairly confident this one will have the longevity of others.
I cannot believe that this band, with this album and staggering back-catalogue, always lyrically surreal and absolutely blinding live, are so under-rated and are now kept off the music radar, not helped by Sequel's abysmal promotional duties. It's sacrilege, I tell thee! Buy this album!!Buy the old ones!! Your life will be better for it!!