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.
Performance CreditsIdlewild 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 CreditsTraffic Art Direction
Dave Eringa Producer
Sally Herbert String Arrangements
Lenny Kaye Direction,Inspiration
Stephen Street Producer
Cenzo Townshend Engineer
Guy Massey Producer,Engineer
Roddy Woomble Artwork,Art Conception
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Remote Part based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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).
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!!