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on 15 May 2010
As a long-term fan of this superb and criminally underrated band, I can safely say this is an excellent addition to the collection of old fans and new. The EMI years were an exceptionally fruitful time for the Scottish rockers, and this album shaves the cream off an extensive crop of awesome music. All bases are covered, from Hope Is Important's 'I'm Happy To Be Here Tonight' (which hinted at the folk leanings they would one day embrace), to the stirring 'Not Just Sometimes' from Warnings/Promises. If a newcomer to the band, buy this compilation with confidence; it is an excellent array of tracks which highlights their range and doesn't tail off. You fill find fewer Greatest Hits with as many classic tracks as this one. If an older fan, definitley still a worthy purchase at exceptionally good value, and the track notes from Woomble are a good read for the diehards. Idlewild. Quietly delivering the most consistent, credible and genuine British music for over a decade. A fine album to begin an extensive collection.
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This official 16 track compilation focuses on my favourite period in the Scottish indie-rock band Idlewild's history, the fruitful EMI years which spanned from 1997 to 2005.

All of these songs were hand picked by the band themselves, who hail them as their ''favourites''. Inside the informative booklet, you'll find information about each of them, straight from the mouth of Idlewild's lead vocalist Roddy Womble (a great solo artist in his own right).

'The Collection' contains most of the songs that the casual buyer would expect to find, there's the indie-anthem 'You Held the World in Your Arms' which gave these four men their biggest UK hit, when it peaked at no.9 in 2002. It was the lead single from their excellent commercial breakthrough studio album 'The Remote Part', which also spawned 'American English', and a stand-out track, 'In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction', which opens up as a beautiful acoustic number, complete with a memorable acoustic riff, before building into a solid rocker, with stunning poetry read over it before finally reaching a satisfying climax.

Whilst not all of the hits are on here, there are plenty of popular hit singles to be found, including 'When I Argue I See Shapes', and 'Love Steals Us from Loneliness'. None of the CD's content is in any chronological order, but from track-to-track you can still hear how the band progressed musically overtime, from their loud grunge/punk routes, to more mature and lighter moments, whilst remaining true to their guitar-led rock sound, but with fuller production.

Idlewild have always been a band I've rated very highly, and this well-picked compilation provides the newbie with a good introduction to their work. If you don't already own anything, then this is a place to start.
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on 24 February 2015
Cheers I needed reminding how much I love this album. Idlewild are a Scottish indie band from the nineties with undertones of punk. The lead singer always wears cute woolie jumpers.

My favourite track is roseability.
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on 16 March 2015
excellent
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on 11 April 2016
gave as a present but recipient seems happy
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on 4 March 2015
Price, postage and delivery time - all fantastic. 11 out of 10,
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