Hope Is Important

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Hope Is Important
Studio album by Idlewild
Released 19 October 1998
Recorded Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire
Westland Studios, Dublin
Genre Grunge,[1] punk rock[2]
Length 35:48
Label Food
Producer Paul Tipler
Idlewild chronology
Hope Is Important
100 Broken Windows
Singles from Hope Is Important
  1. "A Film for the Future"
    Released: April, 1998
  2. "Everyone Says You're So Fragile"
    Released: July 1998
  3. "I'm a Message"
    Released: October 1998
  4. "When I Argue I See Shapes"
    Released: February, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10)[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]

Hope Is Important is the first full-length studio album by Scottish rock band Idlewild, released 19 October 1998. The record follows on from their earlier six-track release, Captain.

In an 2007 interview, Roddy Woomble states that the band were:

one of the last of those sort of groups, I suppose, that weren’t totally judged on their first album. Which is just as well, as that record is messy and it’s noisy… yeah, I mean Hope Is Important. It’s a band trying to discover what they want to sound like, and if that record came out now it’d either be massive or totally ignored. Thankfully there were bits in the songs that had people thinking we could be better, and that we could evolve.[5]

The album was played in full on 17 December 2008 at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You've Lost Your Way" – 1:30
  2. "A Film for the Future" – 3:28
  3. "Paint Nothing" – 3:12
  4. "When I Argue I See Shapes" – 4:26
  5. "4 People Do Good" – 2:00
  6. "I'm Happy to Be Here Tonight" – 3:11
  7. "Everyone Says You're So Fragile" – 2:18
  8. "I'm a Message" – 2:28
  9. "You Don't Have the Heart" – 2:08
  10. "Close the Door" – 2:20
  11. "Safe and Sound" – 3:15
  12. "Low Light" – 5:32


  • Bob Fairfoull – bass
  • Rod Jones – guitar
  • Colin Newton – drums
  • Roddy Woomble – vocals, photography
  • Paul Tipler – producer, mixing
  • James Anderson – studio assistant
  • Dave Slevin – studio assistant
  • Andrew Nicolls – studio assistant
  • Ken Rice – violin ("Safe and Sound")
  • Salli Carson – vocals ("You Don't Have the Heart")
  • Ian Ritterskamp – band photography