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Post-Electric Blues
"We've never really fitted in..." - Roddy Woomble
"A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have
time to modify his shape." - Mark Twain
When the coke-shrivelled testicles of Brit-pop were still in full-swing, Idlewild were
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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00004R9EN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Discourage
2. I Don't Have The Map
3. These Wooden Ideas
4. Roseability
5. Idea Track
6. Let Me Sleep (Next To The Mirror)
7. Listen To What You've Got
8. Actually It's Darkness
9. Rusty
10. Mistake Pageant
11. Quiet Crown
12. The Bronze Medal

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Product Description

Second major label full length from the Scottish punk rock revival act. Includes the singles 'Actually It's Darkness' & 'Little Discourage'. 12 tracks in all. 2000 release. Standard jewel case.

Edinburgh's noise merchants have stepped through the looking glass with this newest release. While harmony and traditional song structure used to play second fiddle to their anguished cries and hearty gusts of guitar squall, 100 Broken Windows displays a more mature quartet: still edgy but wonderfully tuneful. It's a formula that's less "Sex Pistols for students," as they've been previously described, and more "R.E.M. for street punks." That comparison seems inevitable, given lead vocalist Roddy Woomble's passionate delivery of cloudy-clever lyrics, but plenty of other influences come to mind throughout as well: exhilarating, throaty Nirvana-esque sing-a-longs ("Roseability," "Idea Track," "Actually It's Darkness") and emotive Fugazi-like stormers ("Listen to What You've Got," "Rusty"). But these 12 tracks are thoroughly the band's own and ultimately live well beyond any easy points of reference. --Bob Michaels

Customer Reviews

It's hard to compare them to other bands, and that's good.
"These wooden ideas" would be my favorite on this album, followed by "Little discourage", both of which have a very powerful chorus.
Edward Hokes
I just start getting try of listening to the same sound everytime I buy the new cd.
Sill Cinnamon

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "unionlarry" on July 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The year's best release may very well have alighted on our shores by way of Edinburgh, Scotland, home to the punk-pop alchemists otherwise known as Idlewild. In "100 Broken Windows," lead vocalist Roddy Woomble and his band mates charge through an unmistakably indie music terrain with passion and brilliance to spare.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a review of "100 Broken Windows" that does not invoke Nirvana and/or REM. While the comparisons are eminently valid, Idlewild also harks back to the likes of Husker Du (one of Kurt Cobain's faves), with heart-on-the-sleeve anthems surging forward on the strength of fuzzy power chords, irresistible hooks and deft lyricism.
There is not a weak track in the lineup, from emotional buzz saws like "I Don't Have the Map" and "Actually It's Darkness" to more quietly introspective tracks like "Bronze Medal" and "Let Me Sleep (next to the mirror)." Even when Woomble invokes the spirit of Gertrude Stein ("Roseability") or possibly contemplates the insidious subversion of art by commercial formula ("These Wooden Ideas") the music's subtle rewards -- intelligent wordplay, get-up-and-dance melodies -- annihilate any risk of pretension.
Clocking in at just 38 minutes, "100 Broken Windows" is an exhilarating sprint to near musical perfection. By the time it takes you to the emotional finish line, you'll be winded, hunched over -- and wanting another listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "maximumcash2" on March 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I find it hard to review this album simply because it is tough to categorize, but i wouldn't voice my opinion if i didn't love it or hate it, and i definitely love it. this cd seems split between a softer(pop) and harder(punk) side - both being present in almost all of the songs. Regardless of style, the melodies, however, are what make this album a winner . i can understand the REM comparisons and i feel a little bit of a Smiths/Gene vibe("Let me sleep")that is altogether welcome and refreshing. Yet there is a very strong "american" feel to this album as well, making it a refreshing break from earlier U.K. releases such as Badly Drawn Boy, Coldplay, and Doves (all of which are very good). It must be the way that they shift between restrained emotional(but never sappy) introspection and heavy unrestrained screaming hooks(that almost reminds me of At the Drive In) that make this album special. This is the kind of music i wish would get radio play instead of all that Limp Biskit "kiddie metal" and Vertical Horizon "cheese rock" drowning the airwaves. Buy it for the undiluted melody that jumps out of every song, there's not a disappointing track on the whole album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By drew m on October 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Here's a... CD well worth your while. Idlewild's comprised of four Scottish guys who've apparently decided to vent their anger through some pretty loud (and melodious) guitar playing and lyrics that dare you to figure out what on God's green earth they mean. No matter, the album doesn't miss a note. From the opening scorcher of "Little Discourage," the band has perfected the soft verse/angry-yet-tuneful chorus that seemed to disappear with the rest of guitar-driven rock in the mid-to-late nineties. It's refreshing to hear it again. But don't mistake Idlewild for Bush or any other British Nirvana clone. This is passionate rock with real anger and hardness behind it. Even when Idlewild slows down, as on "Let Me Sleep," the songs are sincere without going into that wuss-power-ballad area.
But it's the rockers you'll stick around for. The standouts are "Discourage," "These Wooden Ideas," "Actually it's Darkness," and my personal favorite "Idea Track." But really, none of the songs miss. It's great to hear some straight ahead rock coming from across the pond. If only American bands would get back on it...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan A Daniels on April 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Idlewild since their first EP, Captain, and the growth and maturity shown in their later releases has been astounding. Now with 100 Broken Windows, Idlewild have outdone themsevles. While I personally don't see the Blur influence, the REM comparison is warranted. The lead singer of Idlewild (Roddy) sounds quite like Michael Stipe. The first track, "Little Discourage" has an incessant riff and a wall-of-sound powerhouse chorus. My favorite tracks include the first one, "These Wooden Ideas" and "Mistake Pageant", the latter being the best pure-pop song on the CD. The album's highlight is "Roseability", combining their poppier side with the rough edges that they're famous for. Idlewild deserve success stateside as this album is perfect for hard-rocking middle America. It's got loud guitars and a rocking atmosphere, definitely a CD worth purchasing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shawn S. Delaney on February 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
100 Broken Windows is quite possibly the best release of 2000/2001. It's nearly impossible to pick out a favorite track, as this album is, top-to-bottom, full of perfect sorta-punky-but-melodic power-pop anthems. Just when you think you've finally reached a song without a hook, watch out because here it comes.
Like a young and driven Guided by Voices (minus the drugs and undercutting silliness) crossed with Manic Street Preachers (minus the pretension and politics), Idlewild have arrived. From the opening riff of "A Little Discourage" to the sparkle-fury of "Wooden Ideas" to the beautiful dynamics of the wonderfully-titled "Actually It's Darkness", Idlewild takes you on a joyride. Another standout, "Mistake Pageant", is the best song Robert Pollard never wrote.
Coming in at a tight 38 minutes, 100 Broken Windows doesn't overstay its welcome, but with songs like these i'm not sure it could anyway. And be sure to crank it up; the album tends to lose its energy at low volumes. Finally to be released in the US in March, and it's about time.
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