Idlewild
Make Another World


2.5
average

Review

by Arjun USER (19 Reviews)
March 14th, 2007 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Idlewild have to climb, and climb, and climb some more to get themselves out of the hole they've dug with [I]Make Another World[/I].

Steve Lamacq must be kicking himself. Okay, maybe not. But I would. Every band goes through phases of progression that determines the direction their music will take. For Idlewild, the road most traveled was unfortunately, not the way to go. Especially since they seem to have fallen off a cliff, taking most of their cred with them, and leaving only a smattering of hope for a recovery on a path that few bands have successfully managed to extricate themselves from.

Roddy Woomble has clearly run out of ideas. He even sounds 'same'. On the opening track of Make Another World, In Competition For The Worst Time, you could bet it was Paul Banks (Interpol) handling the microphone. On the rest of the album he shifts from Gary Lightbody to Michael Stipe (somebody who has clearly played a major influence in this release) to a male Dolores O'Riordan without much difficulty and charisma.

Idlewild have had a history of radio friendly Alt-pop releases that have seen the band retain a niche in Scotland and the rest of the world. But where they managed to set themselves a crow left apart on previous outings, on their new album they seem to have found themselves sitting in the shadow of a big sign that says, in bright bold lettering, "R.E.M. weds Snow Patrol". It's a sad situation Idlewild finds themselves in, and unfortunately, they seem to be happy digging deeper in this relentlessly hopeless situation.

Musically, the album follows the traditional songwriting formula - verse, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, chorus. Each and every song follows this to the extent that you can time the leads without even listening to them. Once again, the band depends on Rod Jones' guitar prowess to drive the songs a step higher, but even Jones seems tired and unimaginative ripping off hooks from The Cranberries and Snow Patrol, just adding a little distortion that does nothing more than make the songs sound a little 'heavier' and lot cliche. Everything (As It Moves) is Idlewild's attempt at creating a bigger, stadium sound, but they end up sounding like a very, very juvenile U2.

In the lyrics department we see further chaos. The choruses simply repeat single lines and the verses are backed with cheesy, 80s pop oohs and aahs. "The truth is true no matter how you act". Seriously Roddy, get a thesaurus and read some books. It's disappointing to see a band, who were at one time looked at with the same eyes as Echo And The Bunnymen, now fall from such great heights (no, no Postal Service pun here).

On the faint bright side, there are tracks like Make Another World and Once In Your Life that don't sound entirely derived, and leave hope for a better next album. But till then, it's the entire pre-MAW, Idlewild catalog that you should keep on loop.



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slep
March 14th 2007


1604 Comments


Good review. You have gotten to be really good with the short reviews that still have emphasis, and give a good description of what the music sounds like. Keep it up.

lukadore
May 3rd 2008


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This isn't a bad album.
It's just that it is nothing compared to their previous three albums. plus only 10 tracks
I've got a good feeling about their next one :P
Good review too!

AtavanHalen
May 3rd 2008


17927 Comments


I really like No Emotion.

lukadore
September 11th 2008


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OKay.
Iinitially, i didn't like this album as much as the thers, but i have completely fallen in love with it... It is brilliant!!!
not quite as good as the remote part, but for me up there with warnings/promises :P


VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2008


1028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've gotta say i disagree almost entirely with this review, and its too short to class as a review in my eyes anyway.

Obvioulsy i am going to be biased being a big fan of idlewild, but i see no 'REM weds SNOW PARTOL here apart from perhaps 'You And I Are Both Away'

It's definately a grower.

I may have to write and submit some reviews for these guys as they dont get the credit they deserve 9 times out of 10

scotish
May 1st 2010


835 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yknow, this was pretty great. I really don't get the hate for this album. and I really don't see why there's the thought that they dies with make another world when post electric is their best album yet.

robin
Emeritus
May 1st 2010


4257 Comments


i think the general thought is actually that they died post-remote part



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