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Make Another World

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For their fifth album, Idlewild's further refined their delivery, a brightly lit mix of emotive melody, distortion-filled guitars, and their calling card: Roddy Woomble's voice. He's been compared to Michael Stipe both tonally and lyrically, but Woomble leaps atop his lines. "In Competition for the Worst Time" coats his voice in a slightly warbling effect that he sharply cuts through, a dash of Stipe and a lot of energetic enunciation. The guitars on "Competition" and "Everything (As It Moves)" are twin throttles, chiming lead lines over rhythm-guitar scrambles of distortion and tunefulness, a truly collective effort. At its most poppy, during "No Emotion," Make Another World is a great case for pop-tilted post-punk, with Woomble intoning earnestly amidst that (again) chiming lead-guitar line and a bevy of harmony vocals. At its most aggressive, during "If It Takes You Home," the guitars sandblast the tune, asserting Idlewild's core function, as a band that's taken all cues, from Fugazi to R.E.M., and wrapped them into a distinct blend that merits fuller commercial appeal. --Andrew Bartlett

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Long after the time most bands stagnate, split or get too comfortable to care much either way, Idlewild prove one rule certainly doesn't suit all. Nearly twelve years after they formed in Edinburgh, the band are still evolving, still taking risks and pushing the boundaries of what they want to create. They have a new label, a new band member and a new album, Make Another World, that bristles with taut melodies, guitars that say more than a thousand words ever could, and keen lyrical observations of a world where we all exist, however briefly or unwittingly, in each other's lives. It is an album that knows the simplest line or the shortest song can have the greatest impact, which realizes sometimes less can be a whole lot more. An album that proves Idlewild remains vital and inspired.

Make Another World, is an album of stripped back rock that is as brutal as it is tender, as intimate as it is expansive. "I think its definitely got melodic pop music at the core," Roddy says. "Warnings/Promises had a real warm sound to it and was almost laid-back for us, whereas this is the opposite of that. We've never been interested in repeating ourselves. This one is short, sharp songs that say everything they want to say very quickly, often with guitars. It's definitely a bit more savage sounding."

The musical warmth of Warnings/Promises still permeates its follow-up through Roddy's lyrics though. From the wry opening words ("in competition for the worst first line I can use...") to the poetic play of `No Emotion' and the evocative lines of `Once in Your Life,' Make Another World observes the world around it with disarming perception, but without judgment. "I suppose it's about cityscapes, modern language and the way a person makes a city and the city makes the person," Roddy says. "It's that idea about how we're all passing moments in everyone else's life. That's what the whole album's about in a way. When I look out of my window into the flats across the road, I can see four other people's lives happening. That stuff fascinates me."

Certainly, Make Another World is an album made by five people who have taken the time to stop and absorb the world around them. It's the sound of a band that, after twelve years, is only just getting started.

1. In Competition for the Worst Time
2. Everything (As It Moves)
3. No Emotion
4. Make Another World
5. If It Takes You Home
6. Future Works
7. You and I Are Both Away
8. A Ghost In the Arcade
9. Once In Your Life
10. Finished It Remains

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Making guitar pop is easy. Making good, complex guitar pop that evolves over the course of five albums... now that's a challenge.

And "Make Another World" shows that Scottish rockers Idlewild are still up to that challenge, wound with tight melodies and spiked with steel-edged riffs. It's a nice mingling of their prior albums' styles, with most of the strong points and few of the flaws.

It opens with a ringing, cycling electric riff, joined in by some rapid-fire drums and more riffs and basslines. Roddy Woomble sings rather sadly through the fast-paced rocker: "I know my name but I can't deny/I talk in silence like I'm used to/Graduation fits the worst time I could use/Confidence for the first time!"

The album zooms through a series of uptempo guitar-based rockers -- tightly-wound electric-guitar pop, rapid skittering rockers, and smashing hard-rock that just creeps over the line of catchiness. But they have a few slower songs as well -- ballads played with electric guitar, some slow-burning rockers that build up on a bed of roiling riffs, and more.

"Make Another World" seems to be striking a balance between their last two albums, one of which was hard-driving rock, and one which was mellow and melodic. So Idlewild gets the best of both worlds, creating rapid rock tunes and sprinkling them with melodic moments and some midtempo pop. If there's anything to complain about, it's that "If I Take You Home" seems too simplistic for the rest of the album.

But most of the time, their instrumentation is astoundingly good -- lots of ringing riffs and steely basslines, which are melded together into flexible, muscular melodies. Even when they play softer pop tunes like the title track, the instrumentation is smooth and strong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Howal on December 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD
To realize there is injustice, heartbreak, ignorance and just plain foolishness in this world one need look no further than the music reviews here at Amazon. Just the numbers alone give it away. I am reviewer #2 for this wonderful album by an immensely talented, consistently excellent yet practically invisible band! Nevertheless, if you would dare to explore these notions further do yourself a favor and invest in the Idlewild catalog of albums - at least beginning with 100 Broken Windows. Roddy Woomble can turn a phrase like the best of them with edgy guitars and driving drum beats forming a pitch-perfect backdrop. These fellas always come through with a great batch of songs that are somehow both sweet and noisy at the same time but in just the right measure. This is what gives them their unique charm and ultimately, staying power. Sign yourself up as a fan - these guys are authentic rock stars!
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