Album Review: Idlewild - Make Another World

This is me trying to be serious. Don't laugh...

Idlewild have been a part of my musical landscape since the time of my standard grades, with the purchase of The Remote Part heralding the end of the exam leave. The reason was one song, and I still love this band for this one song; You Held The World In Your Arms, possibly the best song they have ever made.

It was through this album that I discovered the beauty of the previous albums, the harsh of Hope Is Important, and the god damn brilliance of 100 Broken Windows, but I think I have finally figured out why I hate Warnings/Promises so much. It is not because it is a bad album, but I learned Idlewild backwards, going from the mellowish rock of The Remote Part to the hard angst rock of Hope Is Important, so I was wanting an album of what logically would follow my route and the fourth record was not this. It was the direct continuation of the mellowing of a band who used to rock, but who were growing up and changing their sound.

I tell you this because it was before I listened to Make Another World when I figured this out, and it was the key to understanding the direction this new album might take; even more mellow and folky. Also, I was more excited as I had recently gotten into folk music in a big way in its own right. Incredibly, Make Another World is a return to The Remote Part. The Idlewild I discovered is back, and it makes me smile like a tool.

From the first song, In Competition For The Worst Time I start grinning. This would sound perfect on one of the early albums, and the record moves from this startling opening into a slew of great songs, all of which have a little hook (the doo-doo-doo-doo in No Emotion is brilliant) and sound like a band waking up, and taking steps forward. Going forward does not mean to fall back; you can be loud and mature, this album is proof of that.

The stand out song Ghost In The Arcade is awesome, one of those songs that makes you really think back to simpler, must less important times of school, where music was the currency of the day, and every week a new band you found made you smile without worry of the consequences of your musical choices. I mean, back then I boasted had heard of Linkin Park, now I try to hide the fact that I still love that first album.

I think if I was finding Idlewild for the first time with this album I would be ecstatic, but I am not. I think I might be discovering them all over again.

Try: Ghost In The Arcade, No Emotion, Future Works.