The Remote Part

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The Remote Part
Studio album by
Released15 July 2002
Idlewild chronology
100 Broken Windows
The Remote Part
Singles from The Remote Part
  1. "You Held the World in Your Arms"
    Released: April 2002
  2. "American English"
    Released: June 2002
  3. "Live in a Hiding Place"
    Released: October 2002
  4. "A Modern Way of Letting Go"
    Released: February 2003

The Remote Part is the third album by Scottish rock band Idlewild, released on 15 July 2002. It received broadly positive reviews[2] and is Idlewild's most commercially successful album to date, entering the UK album chart at Number 3 and selling 100,000 copies within a month. It is currently certified as Gold within the U.K.[3] Vocalist Roddy Woomble notes that the band felt like "a collective of songwriters"[4] during the writing process. Woomble credits guitarist Rod Jones with influencing the album's musical direction, stating that Jones "really started to take steps forward in terms of his guitar playing, and also his harmonies. I think he pulled the record in a more poppy way, as that’s the sort of musician he is – he loves bands like Teenage Fanclub and Yes and ELO and The Police."[4]

Touring guitarists Jeremy Mills and Allan Stewart[5] stayed with the band during recording, and appear on the final track "In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction". They are also credited with writing "I Never Wanted" alongside the band. Following the album's release, Stewart later joined Idlewild as a permanent member, while bassist Bob Fairfoull left the band. At the end of "In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction", Scottish poet Edwin Morgan recites a poem entitled Scottish Fiction, which was written especially for the album. The album was performed in full on 19 December 2008 at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow as part of a series of retrospective shows, and again in London and Glasgow in December 2017 as part of 15th anniversary celebrations.

As of April 2019, the album has sold 180,895 units in the U.K.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Blender4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB[8]
The Guardian3/5 stars[9]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[13]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[15]

The album received positive reviews, with a Metacritic score of 83, based on 20 reviews.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Idlewild unless otherwise stated.

  1. "You Held the World in Your Arms" – 3:21
  2. "A Modern Way of Letting Go" – 2:23
  3. "American English" – 4:34
  4. "I Never Wanted" (Idlewild/Jeremy Mills/Allan Stewart) – 3:55
  5. "(I Am) What I Am Not" – 2:43
  6. "Live in a Hiding Place" – 3:16
  7. "Out of Routine" – 3:09
  8. "Century After Century" – 4:01
  9. "Tell Me Ten Words" – 3:46
  10. "Stay the Same" – 3:11
  11. "In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction" (Idlewild/Edwin Morgan) – 3:55


Song appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Gray, Christopher (14 March 2003). "Idlewild: The Remote Part (Capitol)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Reviews for The Remote Part by Idlewild". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b Drowned in Sound - Features - ReDiScover: Idlewild
  5. ^ > interviews > idlewild
  6. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "The Remote Part – Idlewild". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  7. ^ Donohue, John (April 2003). "Idlewild: The Remote Part". Blender (15): 124. Archived from the original on 14 June 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  8. ^ Raftery, Brian M. (21 March 2003). "The Remote Part". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 12 October 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  9. ^ Simpson, Dave (12 July 2002). "Idlewild, The Remote Part". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  10. ^ Beaumont, Mark (4 July 2002). "Idlewild: The Remote Part". NME. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  11. ^ Mitchum, Rob (11 September 2002). "Idlewild: The Remote Part". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Idlewild: The Remote Part". Q (193): 128. August 2002.
  13. ^ Fields, Gaylord (15 May 2003). "Idlewild: The Remote Part". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  14. ^ Beaujon, Andrew (June 2003). "Idlewild: The Remote Part". Spin. 19 (6): 102–05. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  15. ^ Gundersen, Edna (1 April 2003). "Idlewild, The Remote Part". USA Today.

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