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Idlewild Make Another World Review

Album. Released 2007.  

BBC Review

...An impressive return for Idlewild at a time where they could have sunk without trace.

Anthony Leaver 2007

When a frontman takes time out from a band to release their own material, it smacks of frustration on their part. Often it’s a matter of time until a half-cocked album signals the inevitable split.

Idlewild’s main man, Roddy Woomble’s solo success with his folk album, My Secret Is My Silence, could have led to the band being filed along with others who have folded in such circumstances. There were rumblings of discontent amongst fans after the release of their fifth album Warnings/Promises in 2005 who lamented it as an homage to REM. With some critics panning it, many surmised that Woomble’s personal project was the end of the band. But instead, it has resulted in an impressive return for Idlewild at a time where they could have sunk without trace.

Make Another World has come at the perfect time. While the UK music scene is saturated with young indie upstarts, there is still room for thoughtful, melodic rock – witness The Fray’s chart position with the uninspiring ''How To Save A Life''. The Scots quintet have always concentrated soley on the music, shying away from mainstream success, rather than chasing it incessantly (i.e fellow countrymen Travis).

Their sixth album is also their first on a new label, and a feeling of rebirth is evident in this refreshing outing. It’s by no means perfect, with a title track that a skip button was made for, but there’s plenty to get excited about in the spiky guitars of ‘’If It Takes You Home’’, a bit of energetic pop in’’No Emotion’’ and the angry stand-out track ‘’Everything (As It Moves)’’. ‘’Future Works’’ is the kind of melancholic ode that Snow Patrol and Keane have been trying to write since they formed. With Make Another World Idlewild could join their ranks; should they want it of course.

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