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Not the comeback i'd hoped for....
on 15 March 2007
The majority of Idlewild fans probably hold '100 Broken Windows' as the pinnacle of their career....the band had really cleaned up their sound but had lost none of the edge of their earlier material. 'The Remote Part' was the album that followed, which was a more commercial-sounding album, but once again the quality of the songwriting never faltered. 'Warnings/Promises' was the very first album which for me was something of a dissapointment in its new folkier direction and a few filler tracks...though still with a good number of quality tracks such as 'Welcome Home', 'El Capitan', 'Too Long Awake' and a number of others.
Most fans disliked the new folk direction they were taking, and by all accounts most of the band weren't keen either...so the plan of action was for Roddy Woomble to 'do his folk thing' on his solo album 'My Secret is my Silence', and for Idlewild the band to return to the angrier, louder band of the past.
So we come to 'Make ANother World'. There's certainly no doubt they've beefed up their sound, with 'If It Takes You Home' possibly being the heaviest thing they've ever recorded. But for me, there's the same problem as with 'Warnings/Promises' - too much filler. And this time there's even more of it.
The album gets off promisingly enough with 'In Competition For...'. And lead single 'No Emotion' is also a stand out track. But of the 10 tracks we get, nothing else really shines in my opinion. Not the way their past albums seemed to. A lot of it sounds to me like 'Idlewild-by-numbers', and worse, a couple of tracks such as 'You And I are both away' sound more like Runrig than Idlewild.
Hugely dissapointing then for me at least, though seemingly i'm in the minority. But I think Idlewild's days could be numbered unfortunately.