Thanks to the 2001 release 100 Broken Mirrors, Scottish import Idlewild is already a cult hit in the U.S.
Thanks to the 2001 release 100 Broken Mirrors, Scottish import Idlewild is already a cult hit in the U.S. But with its follow-up album The Remote Part, the rock band with a classic U.K. sensitive side will unlikely stay a mainstream wallflower for long. Alternating between straight rock, retro-punk, and lush, complicated pop, most songs dance into the ears effortlessly. The lyrics, assuredly sung by Roddy Woomble, are fairly standard—centering on personal identity, romantic yearning, and life-long dreams. But any lack of originality on that front is more than made up for by the immediate catchiness of the musical arrangements. Compared to when Idlewild first arrived in the States, the U.S. appears hungry for the next U.K. pop act, with Coldplay now a household name and normally niche-oriented Interpol enjoying radio airplay. First single, then, "You Held the World in Your Arms," just may become the anthem of Idlewild's career.—SA