IDLEWILD Oran Mor, Glasgow, December 31 * * * *

January 9, 2011

It’s ten years since Idlewild released 100 Broken Windows. Seen by many as one of the most important albums to come out of Scotland, tonight the five-piece celebrated its tenth anniversary by playing the whole album to a packed Oran Mor.

“The problem is you know what’s coming next” singer Roddy Woomble declared after a blistering one two of Little Discourage and I Don’t Have The Map. As it turned out it there was no problem, as the energy of the music was easily matched by the passion of the band.

Punchier, more frenetic numbers like Idea Track, Rusty and The Bronze Medal not only showed no signs of ageing but more importantly gave guitarists Rod Jones and Allan Stewart the chance to cut loose, to mount monitors and play to the crowd.

A healthy helping of the hits followed with final track A Modern Way Of Letting Go ensuring the perfect start to New Year’s Eve.

Regardless of what happens after their self-imposed hiatus, the fact the majority of tonight’s sold-out crowd were on the right side of 25 suggests there’ll always be an audience for Idlewild, and rightly so.


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