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[3.5]--Nope I'm not bored Big Boi...............I'm not Bored.

  • Oct 9, 2006
I've been listening to this album on and off for the past week and a half and in my opinion, this album is really good. I've always admired Outkast's originality: their music never sounds like anything anyone else has made or is making. "Idlewild", the musical companion to their movie of the same name, is no different but not as good as Speakerboxx/The Love Below. But it is still a very good album due to its style and funk. Dre and Big Boi only share about 3 songs in the whole album, and those 3 songs are amazing.

I think they should stop making their own individual music, and make more songs together like they used to back in the day. Although their individual songs aren't bad at all they aren't as good as they could be if they are both in it. Separate but equal; I thought Mr. 3000's vocal twang and charismatic flair in some of his songs were very good, like "Idlewild Blue", "Life is a Musical", and "Chronomentrophobia." As for Big Boi's tracks, his songs were great, and the lyrics were pretty good, the people he chose to feature with him were a nice addition to the album.

My all time favorite are: "Mighty O", "Idlewild Blue", "Morris Brown", "In Your Dreams", "Call the Law," " The Train," and "PJ & Rooster."

The 1930's sound, which is the time period of the film, is felt throughout, making it consistent. Although this pair spend more mic time apart from each other the sound to this album is really entertaining. Aside from all this, I'd recommend "Idlewild" to those who are willing to listen to these innovative dynamic duos.

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Despite its title title, this is not a soundtrack for theIdlewildmovie--almost no songs appear in the film. Instead, the tunes seem inspired byIdlewild's narrative themes. Outkast extends the eccentric streak that began onStankoniaand continued throughThe Love Below/Speakerboxxx. Fans of that last album may enjoyIdlewild's continued eclecticism, especially from Andre 3000, who seems to be moving further away from "rap" every moment toward some bizarre love child of Prince and Melvin Van Peebles. A song like "Mighty O," which actually features both Outkast members rhyming, is a refreshing throwback to the duo's earlier days, butIdlewildis mostly divided between songs from Andre and Big Boi, with few points of intersection. By far the strangest Outkast album they've ever released--and this is saying a lot--Idlewildis a heady, dizzying trip. Awkwardly disjointed at times, it undeniably certifies the group as one of the most adventurous that hip-hop has ever seen. It's not easy to love but it's hard not to respect.--Oliver Wang
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Label: La Face
Artist: Outkast
Release Date: August 22, 2006

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