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IDLEWILD The Remote Part (2002 UK 11-track CD album including the singles You Held The World In Your Arms & American English picture sleeve)
Having spent the majority of their career languishing in the middle of indie's second division, churning out superior angular guitar pop to mild acclaim, Idlewild use The Remote Part to make a bid for promotion to the grown-up's league. UK Top 10 single "You Held the World in Your Arms" luxuriates in a widescreen confidence and love of grand gestures that had previously eluded the Scottish four-piece and sibilant single "American English" is bigger still, an anthem penned with lighter waving and the absurdity of universal truths in mind. REM are still an obvious role model for Roddy Woomble and team, with songs like "(I Am) What I Am Not" and "Tell Me 10 Words" recalling Document's similar shift in gear. Alas, Woomble is sometimes a little too in thrall to Michael Stipe's obtuse wordplay, hiding behind lines like "losing isn't learning to be lost, it's learning to know when you're lost" when he should, by his own admission, "sing a song about himself, not some invisible woman." Minor gripes aside, though, The Remote Part finds Idlewild in excellent form, buzzing with ambition, energy and intelligence, broadening out their style to take in the acoustics of "I Never Wanted", the fuzzed up rock of "A Modern Way" and even a poetry reading on "In Remote Part". --Ian Watson
Top Customer Reviews
Their sound is more suited to a mainstream audience on this album as the first single from it, You Held The World In Your Arms, performed well in the charts. The best track on the album is going to be the second single released, American English, which is hauntingly beautiful and should cement Idlewild as regulars in the UK Top 20. Roddy's vocals shine through on this particular track over beautiful guitars.
The band enlisted the help of Edwin Morgan to help pen lyrics for the album and this shines through in many of the tracks.
While the whole album is excellent throughout American English is definatly a stand out track and one that must be the best single of the year so far.
Two words to conclude - BUY IT!!!
-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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2014 by Brit Boy
It has dawned on me that I don't really care for their lyrics that much, but I rather like the music.Published on 10 Nov. 2013 by W. Noble
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 morePublished on 2 Oct. 2012 by Victor
These guys sound similar to Biffy Clyro on some levels. This is a really good album and i dont own any of their other albums so cant compare to the rest of their discography. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2012 by J. Farnin
To start with I am not a big fan of Idlewild as I found their earlier work a bit weak with only a few good tracks on each disc. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2011 by Stephen
This is a creative accumulative redefining of their early albums, in other words the best of what they do best! Read morePublished on 30 May 2010 by A. English
Bought this CD after seeing them on BBC iPlayer performing at T in the Park. Not disappointed. A great album.Published on 27 Aug. 2009 by Chris W.
Some six years on from the Remote Part, we can now reflect on how it sits in Idlewild's catalogue of work. It was a successful albums which habours some excellent singles. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2008 by A. J. Walker
This album really is the pinnacle of Idlewild's career so far. With some great fast-paced punky tracks like Out of Routine, and an absolute gem in Scottish Fiction. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2005