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Make Another World

IdlewildAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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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
dropping out of art school and ingesting Fugazi, Superchunk ... Read more in Amazon's Idlewild Store

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 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: #389,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Idlewild Make Another World US CD album

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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4.0 out of 5 stars I still can't deny April 4, 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorely Neglected December 27, 2012
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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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