Idlewild
Warnings / Promises

EMI
2005
C
Reviewed by: Nick Southall
Reviewed on: 2005-03-10



Posted 03/10/2005 - 04:23:58 AM by Monkian:
 What makes pop music so unfathomable is that in most fields the elevation that you describe, the increase in competence, maturity and skill, could only lead to a better end result. Of course, the reverse is true in pop with most old men making bad unexciting records. Trying to explain to most casual listeners that one minute of indescribable noise and yelp is better than a finely crafted four minute song would be a difficult job but I know what you mean. I'll buy the record out of loyalty and hope; I am loyal though I'm not especially hopeful.
 
Posted 03/11/2005 - 05:49:44 AM by edwardo:
 The big disappointment with this album isn't how far short it falls of "100 Broken Windows" and "The Remote Part", it's that these songs aren't even adequate B-sides by Idlewild's standards. Beyond "A Distant History" (an incredible gem wasted as a B-side), the rest of the B-sides from "The Remote Part" put end to end constitute a far stronger album than this - "The Nothing I Know", "Poor Thing", "Great Times Wasted" etc. This is an awfully dramatic drop in quality.