The Idiots Are Winning

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The Idiots Are Winning
Studio album by
LabelBorder Community
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian[1]

The Idiots Are Winning is the debut album by English electronic music producer James Holden. It was released in 2006 as the fourteenth record on Holden's own record label, Border Community.

The title of the album is a quote from British comedy series Nathan Barley.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lump"
  2. "Quiet Drumming Interlude"
  3. "10101"
  4. "Corduroy"
  5. "Flute"
  6. "Idiot"
  7. "Lumpette"
  8. "Intentionally Left Blank"
  9. "Idiot Clapsolo"
  10. "Quiet Drumming"


The album received a positive review in The Guardian which called it "the most invigoratingly coherent blast of pure electronic sound since the Boards of Canada last remembered to set their alarm clock."[1]

A reviewer for Drowned in Sound gave the album a score of 10/10, calling it "masterful" and stating that it "raises the bar for producers in all fields of electronica and opens up new doors to what the field can actually achieve."[3]

Writing for Pitchfork, Matthew Herbert named The Idiots Are Winning as one of his top five albums of 2006.[4]

A review in Stylus Magazine gave the album a rating of 'B+', calling it "gorgeously magisterial."[5]


  1. ^ a b Ben Thompson (12 November 2006). "James Holden, The Idiots Are Winning". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ Sande, Kiran (2006-12-12). Holden - The Idiots are Winning. Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  3. ^ Colin Roberts. "James Holden - The Idiots are Winning". Drowned in Sound.
  4. ^ "Best of 2006". Pitchfork.
  5. ^ James Cobo (1 December 2006). "James Holden-The Idiots are Winning-Review". Stylus Magazine.