Idlewild

UEA LCR, Norwich

> UEA LCR, Norwich

There's nothing better than going to a gig with low expectations and being wowed by the main act.

Having only really heard Idlewild's latest single Love Steals Us From Loneliness, a pleasant, thoughtful but unspectacular ballad, I was expecting a set list of more of the same at the LCR last night.

There were plenty of epic-sounding guitar tunes on show (and with four guitars playing on most songs, they were bigger than most), but Idlewild displayed much more.


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The recurring themes of uncertainty and isolation in their latest album Warnings/Promises were driven home in songs like the stirring Disconnected, and contrasted to great effect with the soaring optimism and poetic lyrics of American English, a quieter favourite from their last album, The Remote Part.

Best of all though was their harder, punk-like early material, particularly when lead singer Roddy Woomble stood by the side of the stage for a smoke and a beer to watch the band's guitarists let loose on a five-minute guitar duel that left the audience stunned and energised for the songs that followed.

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