• 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. 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.
  2. Film-specific songs like "Make No Sense at All" and "Call the Law" fall flat out of context.
  3. 70
    The two halves of OutKast seem less collaborative than ever.
  4. Deft, flawed, entertaining, thrilling, and disappointing, often at the same time.
  5. Imperfect and absurdly oversized it may be, but only OutKast could have pulled off a crazy creative coup like "Idlewild".
  6. 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."
  7. OutKast have stretched rap's boundaries to the breaking point before, but this time their experiments come across as gimmicky or strained.
  8. "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.
  9. 90
    Every time you think you've got Idlewild figured out, it zips off in a totally unexpected new direction. [Oct 2006, p.97]
  10. With Idlewild you get a sumptuous surface that constantly excites, but reveals its secret charms with repeated listenings.
  11. In any other hands this would have been a total disaster, but yes, things are never quite that simple with these two.
  12. Entertaining and surprisingly consistent.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. The 'Idlewild' experience is mostly regrettable and one that will leave you feeling cheated.
  16. 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.
  17. Idlewild is a dazzling album. [Oct 2006, p.124]
  18. "Idlewild" seems to prove they're two seperate artists even more than the last double album did.
  19. Their weirdest music yet. [24 Aug 2006, p.89]
  20. The most frustrating aspect of Idlewild is its lack of energy.
  21. It's an interesting failure, as OutKast are probably incapable of making boring music, but a failure nonetheless.
  22. 60
    Idlewild grasps for a distinctive sound, departing almost entirely from rap per se. [Sep 2006, p.99]
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Ambitious but flawed, at turns stunning, maddening and confusing, Idlewild is a curate's egg - but the good parts are implausibly delicious.
  26. OutKast’s brains and playfulness sparkle throughout "Idlewild."... But despite the new, jazzy trappings "Idlewild" is more superficial than OutKast’s older albums.
  27. 80
    Stylish and substantial, it's a deft masterpastiche that dissolves history for its own entertainment. [Oct 2006, p.114]
  28. There are still enough surprises... that make even this comparatively subpar OutKast album a reason to celebrate. [#15]
  29. 60
    This duo can only be measured against themselves and for the first time, it don't measure up. [Sep 2006, p.139]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. May 2, 2015
    7
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  2. Jan 1, 2012
    4
    This album is classy and i thought i was going to enjoy it. But i barely did. Even though it had class. It just made me miss the Outkast fromThis album is classy and i thought i was going to enjoy it. But i barely did. Even though it had class. It just made me miss the Outkast from "ATLiens", "Aquemini", "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik", & Stankonia, Dont get me wrong i did like "Speakerboxx/The Love below but not as much as the other classics Full Review »
  3. Nov 21, 2010
    5
    After the sheer brilliance of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, this album was a colossal disappointment. Aside from the soulful hooks provided onAfter the sheer brilliance of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, this album was a colossal disappointment. Aside from the soulful hooks provided on the song 'Morris Brown', this album is largely forgettable. Full Review »