Idlewild perform 100 Broken Windows album live (4 stars)

Idlewild perform 100 Broken Windows album live

Tenth anniversary of band's breakthrough second album

If it’s true that Idlewild will be on sabbatical for the whole of 2011 while singer Roddy Woomble releases and tours his new solo album, this tour is a perfect way to say goodbye to their fans for now. It celebrates the tenth anniversary of their breakthrough second album 100 Broken Windows with a straight run-through of every track on the record, embellished with a bunch of their most well-known songs: the fan would have been utterly satisfied, the casual listener may have made a note that this band’s catalogue is worthy of discovery.

The quintet built up swiftly with tracks like ‘When I Argue I See Shapes’ and ‘Modern Way of Letting Go’, before giving over most of the set to …Windows. It’s a record which presents the band at their best in every way, from the rich and heartfelt guitar pop of ‘A Little Discourage’, ‘Roseability’ and ‘Actually It’s Darkness’ to the more pastoral country rock of ‘Quiet Crown’ and ‘The Bronze Medal’. ‘No-one needs to hear the bonus tracks from CD2,’ joked Woomble, so what they got was yet more minor classics like ‘American English’ and ‘Captain’.

Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Wed 15 Dec


Formed in 1995 the current line-up includes Roddy Woomble (lead vocals), Rod Jones (guitar), Andrew Mitchell (bass), Colin Newton (drums) and Luciano Rossi (keyboards). As well as releasing seven studio albums the band has supported some of the biggest names in indie rock including Ash, Placebo, Manic Street Preachers…

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