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  • Audio CD (Aug. 22 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 78.00 minutes
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Intro
2. Mighty 'O'
3. Peaches
4. Idlewild Blue
5. Infatuation (Interlude)
6. N2U
7. Morris Brown
8. Chronomentrophobia
9. The Train
10. Life Is Like A Musical
11. No Bootleg DVDs
12. Hollywood Divorce
13. Zora (Interlude)
14. Call The Law
15. Bamboo & Cross (Interlude)
16. BuggFace
17. Makes No Sense At All
18. In Your Dreams
19. PJ & Rooster
20. Mutron Angel
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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Stars of the HBO film Idlewild, Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton--the dynamic, multi-platinum, Grammy-winning duo who comprise the group Outkast--have unleashed another album that is bound to revolutionize mainstream music. Their colorful songs, "Mighty O", "Morris Brown", and "Idlewild Blue" will have you listening and dancing for hours. 2 LP edition.


Despite its title title, this is not a soundtrack for the Idlewild movie--almost no songs appear in the film. Instead, the tunes seem inspired by Idlewild's narrative themes. Outkast extends the eccentric streak that began on Stankonia and continued through The Love Below/Speakerboxxx. Fans of that last album may enjoy Idlewild'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, but Idlewild is 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--Idlewild is 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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I've been listening to this group OutKast for about 5 years now and I have all their albums. I've learned that they are never the same on their next album and are always changing the way they present their music. I didn't know what I was buying when I got Idlewild. I was really surprised with the outcome of this album after listening to half of the album. Now I'll admit that this is nothing like they're past albums. You won't like this album if you only like rap and hip-hop and are afraid to expand your mind into another world. With this album you can expect some Swing, Big Band, Jazz and Blues music that you would hear from the 1930's Broadway shows. The only thing that disappoints me is that the track listing isn't on the back of the album. It is clear that Big Boi used artists from his label Purple Ribbon to feature on the album as Sleepy Brown feature together on three songs including "Morris Brown". Janelle Monae also makes two appearances. Here is a song by song review:

Mighty O: The first single from the album. Features Andre 3000 and Big Boi. This is one of the songs on the album that you can find Andre 3000 rapping. A great song with a catchy chorus. 9/10

Peaches: This is one of my favourite songs. It features Sleepy Brown and Scar. Big Boi also takes the lead vocals as Andre 3000 is not in this song. Great vocals by Scar and Sleepy Brown. 10/10

Idlewild Blue: Andre 3000's first single from the album. Lyrics are kind a weak but a catchy beat and chorus might get you to sing a long with the song. If you like the Blues than you'll love this song. 9/10

N2U: A weaker song on the album. Sounds like something that should have been on Speakerboxxx. It also sounds like a song by E-40 at the end of the verses.
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Outkast is a great and original hip hop group with a style of it's own. Of course you have to enjoy hip hop music a little to be able to appreciate them fully. This album is the sound track and other tracks I believe that are not from the movie they made called "idlewild" Great movie by the way.
It's a very energetic album with inspiration from blues to cabaret and even electronic sounds. Some tracks feature Big boy only others Andre only, then special guest like Macy Gray and other very soulful woman signers. It's not a complete 5/5 because of certain tracks that are just too chaotic..sometimes the experiments are pushed a little to far.
Get it though, it's awesome!
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outkast been around a while n have had tried mixing in every style of music into thers.....usually thers only a couple of good songs on an album by them.....but this one seems to have hit the spot.....every song is catchy and well written....all brought in together by the beats that are based on jazz music it would seem....plus the covers cool.....the albums litterd with interludes but unlike the usual ones they dont annoy, they just put a different aspect to the album.....definalty worth buying just to see how hip-hop is changing

best song - In Your Dreams (Ft Killer mike & Janelle Monae)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b4cbd0) out of 5 stars Good songs, but where's the soundtrack? July 1 2007
By JJGemini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The movie of "Idlewild" itself had over 25 songs in it. So I didn't expect the soundtrack to have all the songs from the movie. But the weird thing is that there are actually 25 tracks on the CD, but only 7 of the songs are from the film! The soundtrack is still well worth the purchase. Listed below are the consistencies and the missing songs from the film.

The only tracks that are included on the CD
which are also in the movie are:

1. Morris Brown (Big Boi, with Sleepy Brown & Scar)
2. Chronomentrophobia (Outkast)
3. Makes No Sense (Outkast)
4. PJ & Rooster (Outkast)
5. Mutron Angel (Whild Peach)
6. Greatest Show on Earth (Macy Gray and Outkast)
7. When I Look in Your Eyes (Outkast)

The following songs are from the film, but are not included on this soundtrack and are available on other albums (as indicated).

Bessie Smith: The Essential
The Essential Bessie Smith
1. Do Your Duty

Cab Calloway The Early Years: 1930-34 [BOX SET]
The Early Years: 1930-34
1. The Nightmare
2. Moonglow
3. Kickin' the Gong Around

Outkast: Big Boi and Dre Present...
Big Boi and Dre Present...Outkast
1. Movin' Cool (The After Party)

Outkast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below
1. Bowtie
2. Church
3. She Lives in My Lap
4. Vibrate
5. Take Off Your Cool
6. The Rooster

Songs from the film that are unavailable:
1. Happy Days Are Here Again (Leo Reisman & His Orchestra)
2. Baptized (Angelic Voices)
3. Holy Holy (Angelic Voices)
4. Slum Swing (The Decon Band)
5. Drunken Rooster (Paul Rabjohns & Larry Lunetta)
6. The Bridge (Paul Rabjohns & Larry Lunetta)
7. On the Way to Heaven (André 3000)
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b4eca8) out of 5 stars Am I missing Something? This thing is great! Aug. 22 2006
By A. B. Oppenheim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow did this album get panned in a hurry. I almost feel like I'm listening to something different from all these other negative and mediocre-reviewers. It's untraditional and it's funky. 3000 doesn't sound forced - like some of the "different for difference's sake" which oozed thorugh so many of the Love Below tracks. Idlewild flows, it's complete, it's a cohesive story, it's well produced, and Big Boi is smooth and deep as ever. Put down that hatorade and pick up the love.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b4efe4) out of 5 stars May not be what you expect... but it just might be better. Aug. 22 2006
By Keith W. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Followers of Outkast know that Big Boi and Andre 3000 always push the envelope of what people expect of them, and Idlewild is no different. It's a dizzying, hypnotic and wild ride, taking listeners far outside the boundaries of what might be called traditional hip-hop. If anything, this is what makes Outkast so great. They can hardly be called a traditional hip-hop group as they consisently take their music to places no one in the industry has gone before.

If you're looking for more of the same, you may not like Idlewild. Most of the Outkast faithful already know better than to look for more of the same from one of the most eclectic, surprising music groups in the last twenty years.

Some tracks have the distinct "Outkast" flavor that makes them so popular: take 'Mighty O' or 'Morris Brown' but on the other hand, take a single like 'Idlewild Blue' which features both guitar and a little harmonica or the deep, soulful piano on 'A Bad Note'... how many hip hop songs do you know feature any of those instruments? Not many.

Rather than sell out and give us remixes of the same single or melody or rhyme or style over and over, Outkast makes enjoyable, original MUSIC. If only more hip-hop and rock and pop artists would do the same.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b4c7f8) out of 5 stars "Category? Ain't Got None, You Know I'm Right"-Yet Another Strong Release from the Dungeon Family's Finest! Aug. 24 2006
By D. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Being a longtime fan who first fell in love with Outkast when I saw the video for "Player's Ball" back in late 1993, I've always supported them because they've never compromised their artistic integrity, or ascribed to the formula of the day to expand their appeal. Instead, they've set the trend and let the people warm up to them. That's a rare feat in the music industry and that's why I don't buy all this "real Outkast fan vs. new Outkast fan" stuff. I have all of their albums (along with numerous non-album cuts that they've done) and as far as I'm concerned, all of their albums are exceptional. If you listen to music expecting some strict adherence to type or image, you end up listening to a lot of mediocre music that fits the mold, and missing out on a lot of great music that doesn't. It doesn't require any thought or ingenuity to go into a studio and copy a formula, jump on a bandwagon, or follow some popular trend. That's why hip-hop was so great between '87 and '94 for example, there was no formula for selling records so everybody was trying whatever they felt inspired to do. There were no "Super Producers", just groups of people in studios and basements all over the country with heads full of ideas. That's what produces great music, not following some strict adherence to type or image. Like most good albums that I've heard (especially those bursting at the seams with creativity the way that the average Outkast album is), "Idlewild" took a couple of listens to sink in. The music here is quite diverse (everything from psychedelic funk/rock to big band jazz, to a brassy college marching band number) and most of it works really well. To be completely fair, the album could have stood to be trimmed just a little. Everything from "Zora" to "Makes No Sense At All" really could have been left off (except maybe "Call the Law"). That's the only part of the album that sags. The aptly titled "Makes no Sense at all" seems to either directly be about a specific scene in the movie or the current state of music. After some careful listening I'm inclined to go with the former. Also, "When I look in Your Eyes", while competent, pretty much just sounds like bad parody and should have been kept aside to be used in the movie instead of being placed on this album ("Call the Law" while obviously also a period piece, does actually rise above parody but still appears to be strongly tied to the narrative of the movie). And I guess that the Funkadelic inspired "Chronomentrophobia" starts off a little rough but it manages to fully recover before the song ends. So there are actually a few missteps here, but hey, I'll take inspired missteps over a thoughtless formula any day. The highlights though on this album are abundant so I'll just note a few instead of listing every one. First of all, "Mighty O" is straight fire. The track is by "Organized Noise", both of their verses are outstanding, and it's great to hear Dre spitting verses like:

"My relative in jail huh, stay engaged,
To whatever make money now he married to that cage,
Divorce is not an option and prenuptial is void,
Eat up whatever rapper but I'm tangled in my chord uh
Bored, kind of like a knight with a sword,
Without dragon to battle so I'm running from a shadow
An impossible feat and I repeat, an impossible feat and I repeat".

I didn't quote the whole thing but in that one verse he basically explains everything about why he is where he is creatively. The single "Morris Brown" with its college marching band is seriously infectious and "Life is Like a Musical" is just too, too cool :-). "Hollywood Divorce" appears to be about this uncomfortable "relationship" between artistic innovators of color and corporate mainstream interests, where the mainstream exploits their innovations, and the innovators get money and fame in return, but at the expense of their art and their culture. This track is outstanding in every way, although I have to challenge Lil' Wayne's contention that he created the term "bling bling". I first heard the phrase on 2pac's "Friends" which had to be recorded sometime in '96 after Pac signed to The "Row". Lil Wayne popularized the term for sure, but he didn't originate it (not that it's something to be particularly proud of either way :-). On "A Bad Note", either the instruments are intentionally out of tune, he's using minor keys that are almost never used in popular music, and/or the keys on the rhythm (piano) and lead (electric guitar) instruments are purposely incongruous...but somehow it works brilliantly! His Funkadelic influence really shows here (as a huge fan of the group myself, I can seriously relate). This song basically sounds like Dre's take on "Maggot Brain" with a huge helping of atonal avant-rock a la "Sonic Youth". He even samples that rapid fire percussion at the beginning of "Maggot Brain" during the song (for a really mind-blowing experience, you should try listening to both the original, and the live version of Maggot Brain as soon as your done listening to "A Bad Note"). It seems that whether or not you think that this album is solid or really uneven comes down to what you think of 4 out of the last 5 songs ("When I Look in Your Eyes" not included) which are all more psychedelic soul than anything else. I can understand how "Mutron Angel", "Greatest Show on Earth", "Dyin' to Live" and "A Bad Note" may not be everybody's cup of tea, but if you can get into these songs, then this album's ending will likely win you over. "Mutron Angel" and especially the deeply moving "Dyin' to Live" really won me over. This is yet another album worth picking up from the mighty Dungeon Family's finest!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b514b0) out of 5 stars Better Than Expected, Fo Sho Sept. 22 2006
By J. D. Trevathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was wary of buying Idlewild after hearing negative reviews about it and not being the biggest fan of Speakerboxx/The Love Below. But after hearing Idlewild Blue and Morris Brown, I HAD to get this CD. This album has a much more fluid and consistent sound than S/TLB, which caught me totally off guard.

Yes, Andre still sings more than he raps, and yes, Big Boi and Andre are only together on a couple of songs on this record, and they both recorded their material seperately. It's apparent neither artist likes the other very much, but because the name Outkast sells, I don't see them breaking up anytime soon. We may never see Outkast touring together again, which is a shame, but that's the reality of the situation.

But I went off on a tangent. Forget this being a great hip hop record, 'cause it's not. What it is is great all-around music. If your tastes do not extend beyond hip hop, you're best sticking with Southernplaylisticadillacmusik through Stankonia. But as a general music fan, this may be the best CD to be released this year! The eclectic mix of sounds include blues, R&B, pop, rock, swing, funk, and great use of percussion. But regardless of the sound, the feel of the 1930s is ever-present throughout Idlewild. You can almost picture yourself in that era while listening to this CD, which is a testament to the strong production here.

I admit, I'm not the biggest fan of 'Dre's new style of music. And it's still true here, Big Boi's songs are better. But it's not entirely because of him. Scar, Sleepy Brown, Khujo Goodie, and Killer Mike practically steal the show. N2U, Peaches and Buggface are all good tracks, but In Your Dreams, Morris Brown and The Train are classics, among my favorite Kast tracks ever.

As for Andre, Idlewild Blue is a stroke of genious, and it's disappointing that none of the other songs match up to it except When I Look In Your Eyes, a great swing tune. I love Mutron Angel, but it's because of Whild Peach, not Andre. Chronomentrophobia, Life is Like a Musical, and Dyin to Live are all good, but not great songs. Makes No Sense At All may still grow on me, but Greatest Show on Earth is a very skippable track. Macy Gray is good, but this song just seems off on so many levels.

The tracks in which 'Dre and Big Boi are together are, as you'd expect, awesome. Mighty O will have you singing "Odie odie odie OOOOO!" for days. And 'Dre drops a verse here, and it's as good as his Aquemini days. Hollywood Divorce features Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg and is pretty good. I wish more tracks were like this were 'Dre sings and Big Boi drops dope rhymes. Maybe on the next album will see more of songs like this.

Finally, there are two outstanding songs which sound like they could be in the movie (I haven't seen it yet, but I will this week). Janelle Monae appears with Big Boi on Call the Law and is amazing. Both 'Dre and Big Boi appear on PJ and Rooster, the best track on the CD. This song is so infectious and shows that 'Dre CAN be a good singer when he does songs like this. You and your lover will probably dance to this all night long. It's that fun, it's that good.

I'm not saying I especially enjoy the fact that the old days of Outkast are probably gone for good. But with an open mind, this album proves to be a great example of great music, transcending genres for everyone to love.