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  • Summary: The third album for the Scottish rockers is already a big hit with UK music fans, helped by the success of lead single "You Held the World in Your Arms."
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. It's every ounce of Idlewild's potential fulfilled at once.
  2. 90
    Sounding assured and triumphant, Scotland's finest finally have realised their true potential. [Aug 2002, p.112]
  3. 90
    An embarrassment of riches. [#58, p.91]
  4. They ratchet up the latent R.E.M.-isms, elevating themselves heads above their musical kin.
  5. The Remote Part captures a divinely aged five-piece.
  6. It's overshadowed by many of the band's recent, U.K.-only B sides. [21 Mar 2003, p.113]
  7. The album starts to wear thin by the homestretch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 15, 2011
    10
    One of the best albums every recorded, Idlewild have a delicate way of summing up things about life and the world without ever mentioning them, still sounds as fresh today as it did when it was a released. Expand

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