Idlewild – The Remote Part

25 01 2011

Listened: Friday January 14

The Remote Part is my favorite Idlewild album. The REM part of their personality is starting to really overtake the Green Day side here, but then that happened to Green Day later in their career too.

It’s hard to put Idlewild in a box – they can really rock out on songs like “You Held The World In Your Arms” and “(I Am) What I Am Not” but can legitimately carry ballads like “American English” and “Live In A Hiding Place”. They’re sort of like the younger Scottish cousins of 90s Britpop bands like Blur.

I wish they had a bigger name in indie circles. I rarely see them name-checked anywhere.



3 responses

29 08 2011
Idlewild – Hope is Important « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] softer REM-y songs (I’m Happy To Be Here Tonight, I’m A Message) that show shades of later Idlewild. Days when I’m feeling like I need some shouting (unfortunately often these days) I should […]

30 08 2011
Idlewild – Make Another World « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] are fewer anthemic ballads on MAW than previous records The Remote Part or Warnings/Promises, but the classic Idlewild sound is still here. It makes me happy they keep […]

1 07 2012
Idlewild – Warnings/Promises « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] know I said The Remote Part is my favorite album, but as a result of repeated listenings for the project, I’ve really […]

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