Idlewild

  • Record Label: La Face
  • Release Date: Aug 22, 2006
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 100
    Idlewild is a more down-tempo affair than its genre-splitting predecessor, but it wins points with stone-cold psychedelic soul classics such as "Mighty O," "Peaches" and "Hollywood Divorce."
  2. With Idlewild you get a sumptuous surface that constantly excites, but reveals its secret charms with repeated listenings.
  3. Mojo
    90
    Every time you think you've got Idlewild figured out, it zips off in a totally unexpected new direction. [Oct 2006, p.97]
  4. Q Magazine
    90
    Idlewild is a dazzling album. [Oct 2006, p.124]
  5. Rolling Stone
    80
    Their weirdest music yet. [24 Aug 2006, p.89]
  6. Ambitious but flawed, at turns stunning, maddening and confusing, Idlewild is a curate's egg - but the good parts are implausibly delicious.
  7. In any other hands this would have been a total disaster, but yes, things are never quite that simple with these two.
  8. Uncut
    80
    Stylish and substantial, it's a deft masterpastiche that dissolves history for its own entertainment. [Oct 2006, p.114]
  9. "Idlewild" seems to prove they're two seperate artists even more than the last double album did.
  10. It'd be easier to overlook the bum tracks if Idlewild boasted a knockout single like "Hey Ya!" or felt more cohesive, but the disc's shifts from upbeat pop to moody blues to noodly experimentation are downright whiplash-inducing.
  11. 70
    The two halves of OutKast seem less collaborative than ever.
  12. Imperfect and absurdly oversized it may be, but only OutKast could have pulled off a crazy creative coup like "Idlewild".
  13. Entertaining and surprisingly consistent.
  14. Under The Radar
    70
    There are still enough surprises... that make even this comparatively subpar OutKast album a reason to celebrate. [#15]
  15. Deft, flawed, entertaining, thrilling, and disappointing, often at the same time.
  16. Initially, it’s thrilling in the way that any spectacle is. You admire the creative largesse, and there’s no doubt a strong 12-song album here. But at 79 minutes, exhaustion sets in by the midway mark, and the whole of the album takes on the feeling of someone trying to cap a broken water main.
  17. OutKast’s brains and playfulness sparkle throughout "Idlewild."... But despite the new, jazzy trappings "Idlewild" is more superficial than OutKast’s older albums.
  18. Urb
    60
    This duo can only be measured against themselves and for the first time, it don't measure up. [Sep 2006, p.139]
  19. Spin
    60
    Idlewild grasps for a distinctive sound, departing almost entirely from rap per se. [Sep 2006, p.99]
  20. OutKast have stretched rap's boundaries to the breaking point before, but this time their experiments come across as gimmicky or strained.
  21. The most frustrating aspect of Idlewild is its lack of energy.
  22. Idlewild is certainly a spectacle, and an occasionally entertaining and enlightening one at that, but it translates into an elaborate diversion when compared to what this duo has done in the past.
  23. Film-specific songs like "Make No Sense at All" and "Call the Law" fall flat out of context.
  24. "Idlewild" leaves the ears longing for something. Coherence, basically. There's no sustaining mood, no clear message, only Benjamin and Patton's efforts to outdo whatever they came up with last.
  25. Idlewild fails in the same places as Speakerboxxx/The Love Below: both feature some stunningly flat crooning and poor pop revisions straight from the mind, body, and soul of Andre Benjamin.
  26. The 'Idlewild' experience is mostly regrettable and one that will leave you feeling cheated.
  27. It's an interesting failure, as OutKast are probably incapable of making boring music, but a failure nonetheless.
  28. An awkward, uneven record that comes over like something they made in a week instead of something that was continually pushed back for more than a year.
  29. Their well-honed flamboyance has finally given way to full-blown pretension, the lyrics that used to be an afterthought hidden behind a painfully contrived yet musically unimpressive ragtimey veneer of muted trumpets, shoo-bop, shoo-wahs and happily jingling vaudeville pianas.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 46
  2. Negative: 5 out of 46
  1. May 8, 2016
    6
    Outkast have a fantastic back catalogue of innvoative hip hop; Speakerboxxx/The Love Below proved that Andre 3000 and Big Boi could beOutkast have a fantastic back catalogue of innvoative hip hop; Speakerboxxx/The Love Below proved that Andre 3000 and Big Boi could be fantastic on their own, too. However, Idlewild, their first "together" album since Stankonia, strangely falls short of the brilliance of their first four albums. Aside from a couple good tracks, most of the album feels like a relatively soulless imitation of Outkast. It seems more pretentious than creative Full Review »
  2. Apr 18, 2017
    8
    Production wise, it's brilliant. Some great new sounds and feelings on this. When contrasted to their other albums (all 9s or 10s), it's a bitProduction wise, it's brilliant. Some great new sounds and feelings on this. When contrasted to their other albums (all 9s or 10s), it's a bit lackluster, but in the grand scheme of things it's a great album. Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2015
    7
    7/10 .................................................................................................................................................