The Remote Part

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Sometime during the recording of Idlewild's third long-player, the Scots were either a forcibly decaffeinated or b treated to a plethora of recreational hallucinogens. That's not a complaint, mind you, merely an observation that the flailing aggression that once coated the band's sound has been chipped away, revealing a depth only hinted at on previous releases. The thickly orchestrated "You Held the World in Your Arms" exudes a Love-like vibe, the prettiness leavened by Roddy Woomble's furtive vocals, which hint at a man trying desperately to fight against cosmic forces he doesn't quite comprehend. "Live in a Hiding Place" uses soft acoustic guitars to buoy a ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Sometime during the recording of Idlewild's third long-player, the Scots were either a forcibly decaffeinated or b treated to a plethora of recreational hallucinogens. That's not a complaint, mind you, merely an observation that the flailing aggression that once coated the band's sound has been chipped away, revealing a depth only hinted at on previous releases. The thickly orchestrated "You Held the World in Your Arms" exudes a Love-like vibe, the prettiness leavened by Roddy Woomble's furtive vocals, which hint at a man trying desperately to fight against cosmic forces he doesn't quite comprehend. "Live in a Hiding Place" uses soft acoustic guitars to buoy a similarly fretful, if far less existential, take on romantic troubles. "American English" pumps up the bombast a hair, but by restraining themselves in terms of sheer speed, Idlewild swap punkish sneer for a swagger reminiscent of early U2. Much like their kindred spirits in Coldplay, Idlewild have burrowed into the narrow crevice that separates pomp and genuine grandeur -- and with The Remote Part, they've begun sending shattering signals to those of us peering into the abyss.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Idlewild has only now become a group of musical statesmen. Their fourth album, The Remote Part, captures a divinely aged five-piece, an aware group of young men who are inspired by countless works of American literature while also influenced by their everyday life in their native Scotland. Focusing on the literal has humbled Idlewild, and emotional, punk-inspired tantrums have been forgotten. Look at their 1999 debut, Hope Is Important: It's an angry, grunge-soaked songbook that drowned frontman Roddy Woomble's vocal charm. 100 Broken Windows became a critical hit with its melodic indie-punk mix, but it was as conflicted as their previous effort. Two years on and several band changes later, the members of Idlewild have found what they've been searching for -- a beautiful calmness and a comfortable spot to reflect upon -- and The Remote Part flawlessly does the job. From the charging, radiant chorus of "You Held the World in Your Arms" to "Live in a Hiding Place"'s sweeping melodies, you'll sense that Idlewild is content with what the band has created. The crystal-edged "I Am What I Am Not" delves back into Idlewild's signature crunchy style with class, but it's the ambitious epic "American English" that defines The Remote Part's quick-witted desire. Woomble is a crooner, so convinced that what's happening in the song is true and tangible. It's obvious in the bandmembers' earlier work that they were headed to this point in their career. There's much to be said about growing up, especially from your late teens to your late twenties. The Remote Part naturally works with Idlewild's maturation, knowing it could all be different later on.
Rolling Stone - Gaylord Fields
On The Remote Part... [Idlewild] ratchet up the latent R.E.M.-isms, elevating themselves heads above their musical kin.

On The Remote Part... [Idlewild] ratchet up the latent R.E.M.-isms, elevating themselves heads above their musical kin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2002
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724354024306
  • Catalog Number: 540243
  • Sales rank: 232,364

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Idlewild Primary Artist
Rod Jones Guitar, Group Member
Edwin Morgan Voices
Roddy Woomble Vocals, Group Member
Colin Newton Drums, Group Member
Bob Fairfoull Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Traffic Art Direction
Dave Eringa Producer
Sally Herbert String Arrangements
Lenny Kaye Direction, Inspiration
Stephen Street Producer
Cenzo Townshend Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Guy Massey Producer, Engineer
Roddy Woomble Artwork, Art Conception
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    honest poetry

    All of Idlewild's songs are true poetry that honestly penetrates the human soul. The Remote Part's artful mixture of modern rock and acoustic-like songs is a goldmine. If you have the chance, see Idlewild in concert, they excell in that area particularly. I particularly liked Stay the Same and the Remote Part(Scottish Fiction).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just getting better

    I thouroughly enjoyed Idlewild's two prior releases. With their third release they once again did not disappoint. If anything they just keep getting better. Although The Remote Part has a more "produced" sound, they can still rock when they want to. A definite buy!!

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