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  • Summary: The mega-stars follow 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below' with their own 'Purple Rain,' a sure-to-be-huge (and definitely all over the musical map) soundtrack to their movie musical of the same name.
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. 90
    Every time you think you've got Idlewild figured out, it zips off in a totally unexpected new direction. [Oct 2006, p.97]
  3. Ambitious but flawed, at turns stunning, maddening and confusing, Idlewild is a curate's egg - but the good parts are implausibly delicious.
  4. Deft, flawed, entertaining, thrilling, and disappointing, often at the same time.
  5. 60
    This duo can only be measured against themselves and for the first time, it don't measure up. [Sep 2006, p.139]
  6. The most frustrating aspect of Idlewild is its lack of energy.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. Spongeee
    Aug 23, 2006
    10
    OutKast just keeps pushing the limit...this isnt even a rap, its a rag time, soul, blues fest that happens to feature rapping. From the first OutKast just keeps pushing the limit...this isnt even a rap, its a rag time, soul, blues fest that happens to feature rapping. From the first album, none have been similar, and this follows suit. I only wish Dre and Big were on more song together, but even then, you can tell that this is an OutKast album...they need each other. Expand
  2. Andy
    Aug 31, 2006
    10
    What is wrong with these early reviews. This is such a good album. Ive only listened to it 3 times and its fucking great. Every tune is so What is wrong with these early reviews. This is such a good album. Ive only listened to it 3 times and its fucking great. Every tune is so catchy and ,as usual, the beats are sublime. Totaly agree with richard j. us brits have got sense m8 Expand
  3. MattyW
    Nov 18, 2006
    10
    this album is class. highly original. My fave tracks are: the train, peaches, N2U, Bugg Face. My favourite track of all though is "call the this album is class. highly original. My fave tracks are: the train, peaches, N2U, Bugg Face. My favourite track of all though is "call the law" as it is so different to everything. Expand
  4. Aaron
    Aug 15, 2006
    9
    All over the place, not nearly as good as the first three albums . . . and altogether great. Don't be scared off by the diversity of the All over the place, not nearly as good as the first three albums . . . and altogether great. Don't be scared off by the diversity of the album, you'll like it . . . soon enough. Expand
  5. Jason
    Aug 21, 2006
    8
    This album is exceptional. Definite candidate for album of the year in my opinion. Some of these critics have no idea what they're This album is exceptional. Definite candidate for album of the year in my opinion. Some of these critics have no idea what they're talking about. 'Call the Law' out of place? That's one of the dopest tracks on the entire album easily (and I'm not alone on this one) and seems to fit the album and the movie perfectly. Janelle Monae absolutely kills that joint. Another critic said 'Mutron Angel' was a filler track! What?! Once again, one of the dopest songs on the album (deeper than deep). Leads me to wonder did they even really LISTEN to the album. I could see if they said 'Look In Your Eyes' or 'Bugface' or even 'Makes No Sense At All' (which I personally think is a dope track, but there are many who aren't feeling it) It's one thing if Outkast isn't your cup of tea, that's understandable and I can respect that. Some get it, some don't. But please thoroughly listen to the album before you give an analysis because its obvious that a few of these critics failed to do so... Bottomline: This album is dope! Is it on par with the first 3? Hell naw! But neither are Stankonia or SB/TLB. Still dope albums nonetheless. Hell, the first 3 are classics. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Sep 4, 2006
    6
    What this is not that good. There 5 other albums are all at least 8.5's and this one is a 6. A average album that had a lot of misshaps
  7. TomasK.
    Aug 25, 2006
    0
    Outkast sucks

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