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  • Audio CD (15 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000068PU9
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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)

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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

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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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To follow up albums such as 100 Broken Windows & Hope Is Important is always difficult but Idlewild have equalled if not surpassed The Remote Parts predicesors.
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!!!
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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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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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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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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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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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