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Idlewild Everything Ever Written
Everything Ever Written is an unbelievable and unexpected return to form for Idlewild. That's probably a gross understatement, as EEW might actually be the band's best album to date. The level of ambition and sonic texture found on this LP is far superior to anything the band has released prior. The way the songs flow and build into an atmospheric, cohesive experience is really quite masterful. Yet on the flipside, this record also collects up the many different eras of Idlewild into one package. 'On Another Planet' takes care of the brash punk of Hope is Important and A Hundred Broken Windows. 'Radium Girl' is pure The Remote Part style main
Roddy Woomble My Secret Is My Silence
'My Secret is My Silence' is a decent first solo outing from Idlewild's Roddy Woomble. A few of his best solo numbers are tucked away on here, such as 'Every Line of a Long Moment', 'Act IV' and 'Waverly Steps'. But elsewhere there are songs that feel like unfinished thoughts, with Roddy and his band seemingly unsure about how to proceed. 'My Secret is My Silence' is a good album but it sometimes feels like Woomble hasn't quite reconciled the difference between what he wants to do in his solo career and what he used to do in Idlewild.
Roddy Woomble The Impossible Song & Other Songs
Roddy Woomble's second solo outing 'The Impossible Song And Other Songs' is an excellent record. It has a wonderful eclectic mix from the beautiful acoustics of 'Tangled Wire' and 'Work like You Can' to the alt-rock blast of 'Leaving Without Gold' to the ambient shoegaze wailing of 'Between the Old Moon'. The album feels spacious, atmospheric and almost completely devoid of filler. In my opinion, 'The Impossible Song and Other Songs' is Roddy Woomble's best solo LP thus far.
Roddy Woomble Listen to Keep
Another excellent solo outing from Roddy Woomble. The choruses really shine on 'Listen to Keep' with songs like 'Traveling Light' and 'Trouble Your Door' immediately sticking in the memory. It's a bit more of a strait-laced folk rock jangler than the previous 'The Impossible Song And Other Songs' (still his solo masterwork in my opinion) but 'Listen to Keep' still delights at every turn.
Royksopp The Inevitable End
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The Twilight Sad Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
This LP is an absolute masterwork. The raw emotional nature of the album really makes it special. I'm struggling to think of the last time I heard a record that sounded so bruised without sounding contrived. This is easily The Twilight Sad's best album in my opinion and something of a seminal record in the genre. Don't be surprised if this is still being whispered about by post punk know-it-alls 10 years down the road. An easy best of the year for me.

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  • Thunderkat Ask is not a throwaway pop song at all.
    April 25 01:37 AM
  • bodiesinflight57 You don't seem to like VOB or YWTS!
    December 20 06:07 AM
  • STOP SHOUTING! Haven't heard much of them apart from "Disco Down", but it didn't really grab me. Your favourite smiths is meat is murder? And you don't like their debut? (Scratches head...)
    December 13 02:59 PM
  • Foxhound Totally agree with your Morrissey sound off.
    December 11 08:45 AM
  • Ponton It's nice to see a Feeder fan around the site - they are definitely an underappreciated band.
    December 2 11:28 AM

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