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Idlewild - No Emotion

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 7 / 3 / 2007

Idlewild - No Emotion
Label: Sequel/Sanctuary Records
Format: CDS


Catchy second single for Idlewild from their forthcoming new album, 'Make Another World'

‘No Emotion’ is the second single from Idlewild’s forthcoming album, ‘Make Another World’. It finds Idlewild at their catchiest and, with a hard rock sound, is as instant as ever. It sounds like REM at their finest and has a massive sing-a-long chorus. ‘Hidden Ways’, the B side of the CD, is a thrashy heads-down rock number. There are two 7 inches, which each include two exclusive B sides. The first, which appears in black vinyl, is a cover of ‘Lookin’ For a Love’ from Neil Young's 1975 masterpiece, ‘Zuma’. Idlewild's take on it sounds like the Byrds or REM doing a cover version, and Rod Jones’ guitarwork sounds like Echo and the Bunnymen's Will Sergeant or even Neil himself. The second 7 inch, which comes in white vinyl, has the ‘Caucasian dub, trance mix’ of ‘No Emotion’ and plays at 33rpm. It starts off with just a vocal from Roddy Woomble before getting dubby and trancey, which makes it Idlewild sound like a anthemic dance act, and not a guitar band at all.

Track Listing:-
1 No Emotion
2 Hidden Ways
3 No Emotion (Rehearsal Room Video)

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