• 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. OutKast have stretched rap's boundaries to the breaking point before, but this time their experiments come across as gimmicky or strained.
  4. "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.
  5. 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.
  6. The 'Idlewild' experience is mostly regrettable and one that will leave you feeling cheated.
  7. 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.
  8. The most frustrating aspect of Idlewild is its lack of energy.
  9. It's an interesting failure, as OutKast are probably incapable of making boring music, but a failure nonetheless.
  10. Spin
    60
    Idlewild grasps for a distinctive sound, departing almost entirely from rap per se. [Sep 2006, p.99]
  11. 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.
  12. OutKast’s brains and playfulness sparkle throughout "Idlewild."... But despite the new, jazzy trappings "Idlewild" is more superficial than OutKast’s older albums.
  13. Urb
    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 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 89
  2. Negative: 5 out of 89
  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. May 2, 2015
    7
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  3. 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 »