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Remember when Idlewild was punk? I'm talking early Idlewild. Captain-era Idlewild; you know, "When I Argue I See Shapes". When I first heard that song I thought it fucking ruled. Normally I am not one for punkish music, but there was something about them that just tears your heart out for the sole reason of mending it back to health. That being said, I have been a fan of them for quite some time and it should come as no surprise that I was looking forward to their new release, Warnings/Promises. On first listen I could see that this was an entirely different album than what my Idlewild had ever given to me before. Dare I say, very R.E.M. sounding with the way the music is structured and big choruses running rampant. Yes, the more ballad leaning songs are good, but just not what I expect to hear when I want to listen to Idlewild. I know there was a few of those type songs on previous catalog, but not to the point where it encompassed the whole album. A little confused I trekked on and by track three what I once knew as Idlewild was back in full force. "I Want A Warning" boasts heavy guitars, big drumbeats, and front man Roddy Woomble's unmistakable preaching/anthem-like voice. Another song in this vein is "As If I Hadn't Slept", a track that is a little more experimental with the noises from the swirling guitars and dreamy vocals that are pushed back enough to make the music the focal point. Although at first I wasn't sure what to make of the different sound from Idlewild, I am glad I gave it a chance, as it is one of those records that will grow on the listener. Now, hopefully America will agree and see what they are missing out on.

Idlewild
Capitol

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