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. I started with the debut album, 1998's `Captain', and got a bit of a surprise to find a grungy, punky moshpit rocker rather than the folk I had expected. It was so good however that I decided to explore further and so eventually came to this, their fifth album released in 2005.
It is an album that very much shows the guitar thrashing feedback loving lads of earlier days have started to mature. As they have got older they have both matured in their outlook on life and grown in their musical ability. It's still got the fast moments, but it is a much slower album that their previous offerings, with a strong strain of reflection and maturity running through it. The production is skilful and layered, providing a rich textured backdrop for Roddy Woomble's now much more laid back and thoughtful singing. It really starts to point towards Woomble's solo offerings. It's a classic album, and definitely worth 5 stars.