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Friday, March 14, 2003

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CD REVIEW: Idlewild

Scot-rock

Idlewild
Scottish Fiction
Capitol Records



Rundown: Scotland's Idlewild have the type of sound that makes 50-something major label executives who really don't like music (but are good at pretending they do) say things like, "Hey, we should sign these guys. They're from the UK.; kids will think they're Radiohead, and before you know it, we'll be rolling in money."

Key Tracks: Scottish Fiction features some tracks from Idlewild's upcoming full-length album, The Remote Part. The rest of the EP is made up of B-sides and a cover of Gang of Four's "I Found That Essence Rare."

Sounds Like: Idlewild's music sounds like every British band that North Americans have deemed cool enough to listen to. What it doesn't sound like is the grunge rock of the early '90s, so it makes absolutely no sense for Idlewild to open for Pearl Jam during their United States tour in June.

–Dan Bowyer

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