Idlewild - 100 Broken Windows: 10th Anniversary Edition
Despite making The List feel hideously old, this 10th anniversary re-release of a bona fide classic is a hugely welcome one. Devotees will pour over the wealth of live and exclusive goodies featured here (including tracks recorded by Shellac’s Bob Weston) but, more importantly, granting 100 Broken Windows the full special edition treatment finally gives the record the respect it deserves.
Idlewild’s second studio offering sounded unlike anything else around back in May 2000. Mixing bookish lyrics with romanticism and an infectious frenzy of blustery riffs and rhythmic clatter, it was slightly out of step with the modern world and yet meant so much to those who ‘got it’. An apt reminder then, of why Idlewild were once, and will remain, so utterly vital.