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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
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  1. MattS.
    Aug 26, 2002
    I have all three Idlewild albums and their mini-album "Captain", and I can say that their sound matures, but they are still damn good. Great album.
  2. DavidB.
    Aug 14, 2002
    Consistently brilliant
  3. Aug 15, 2011
    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
  4. BillW.
    Aug 27, 2002
    Every single song is totally awesome. "Out of Routine" is soooo sweet that I punched my dad RIGHT IN THE FACE!
  5. PaulW
    Aug 8, 2004
    Pure class, it has been my favourite album for a long time now, i never get tired of it!
  6. MiguelG
    Feb 11, 2005
    At first I listen to "You Held The Wold In Your Arms", and it was good. Then I heard "A Modern Way Of Letting Go", and it was even better. The thid song I heard, was great: "American English"!!! Then I get the album and... more than great. It may sound a little R.E.M.ish (in their "Document" times) at some points, but it only make even greater the album. I Highly recomend it Expand
  7. Nightkin
    Feb 14, 2006
    The instrumentals sounds are quite fresh but the band could sound a lot better if only the singer stopped trying to sound like an American punk-pop artist and let his beautiful Scottish accent through. Expand

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