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Podcast Episode
Season
Ten
number
474
Type
Album Review
Post Date
2/11/2020

Idlewild

We revisit the 2000 album 100 Broken Windows by Idlewild and consider if it's the first great indie rock album of the decade

You may ask yourself, why is a 90s-centric podcast revisiting an album from 2000? Well, we are nothing without our listeners, and if they suggest and then vote for an album that came out in 2000, but was from a band that got their start and had several releases in the 90s, who are we to argue. And it turns out revisiting Idlewild's 2000 album 100 Broken Windows gave us an excellent opportunity to look back upon the decade and see how its various sounds and genres were interpreted by younger artists. In the case of Idlewild, with veteran producers Dave Eringa and Bob Weston behind the board for the young band meant channeling the volume and chaos of their earlier releases into a weapon to be deployed skillfully, giving the band a blistering edge and allowing vocalist Roddy Woomble the opportunity to craft unique earworm melodies. It may not make the top 100 albums of the decade or the year, but there's a case to be made for 100 Broken Windows as one of the finest distillations of everything that went right musically in the 90s.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Little Discourage
  • 19:45 - Idea Track
  • 24:26 - Roseability
  • 29:52 - Mistake Pageant
  • Outro - These Wooden Ideas

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100 Broken Windows