The Remote Part

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Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18

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  1. JamesM.
    Aug 8, 2002
    An amazing albulm! Every song is brilliant and American/English is one of the best songs ever. Worth getting the whole albulm for that one song
  2. DavidB.
    Aug 14, 2002
    Consistently brilliant
  3. PaulW
    Aug 8, 2004
    Pure class, it has been my favourite album for a long time now, i never get tired of it!
  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. CharlieV
    Apr 10, 2003
    It's an awesome album, and they perform it great live! to name some of the songs i like: Modern Way of Letting Go, You Held The World In Your Arms, American English, Scottish Fiction.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. ChowderH
    May 31, 2004
    Excellent - by turns heart-wrenching melody, heart-pumping rock and heart-warming to find an album worth the money i spent on it!
  9. 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
  10. matta
    Jul 19, 2005
    What on earth are these comparisons saying that they sound like REM??!! Talk about a slap in the face. Idlewild is way better, and this album is proof. One of the five best albums of 2003.
  11. 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.

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Magnet
    An embarrassment of riches. [#58, p.91]
  2. Spin
    Idlewild are compelling when they put Woomble's sad-sack lyrics front and center, but on aggressively average rockers like "You Held The World In Your Arms" and "Century After Century," the band's turgid squall swamps his words. [Jun 2003, p.103]
  3. They ratchet up the latent R.E.M.-isms, elevating themselves heads above their musical kin.