Holden* ‎– The Idiots Are Winning

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Lump 6:10
Quiet Drumming Interlude 0:20
10101 6:05
Corduroy 6:21
Flute 4:52
Idiot 7:31
Lumpette 1:35
Intentionally Left Blank 2:05
Idiot Clapsolo 4:57
Quiet Drumming 3:40

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
14BC Holden* The Idiots Are Winning(CD, MiniAlbum) Border Community 14BC UK 2006 Sell This Version
14BC, 14bc Holden* The Idiots Are Winning(2x12", MiniAlbum) Border Community, Border Community 14BC, 14bc UK 2006 Sell This Version
14BC Holden* The Idiots Are Winning(2x12", Promo) Border Community 14BC UK 2006 Sell This Version
14BCDA Holden* The Idiots Are Winning(9xFile, FLAC, MiniAlbum) Border Community 14BCDA UK 2006
14BCDA Holden* The Idiots Are Winning(9xFile, MP3, MiniAlbum, 320) Border Community 14BCDA UK 2006
BCCDJ-002 Holden* The Idiots Are Winning(CD, MiniAlbum) Border Community BCCDJ-002 Japan 2006 Sell This Version

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Cardia1

Cardia1

May 1, 2013
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, CD, MiniAlbum, 14BC

When i listened to this album for the first time i was expecting musics like" bloodlock" "i have put out the lights", "kaern turned", "solstice" and "nothing", instead i hear a new side of James holden, it was a deception at a first listening, but after listening to this album a few more times i end up enjoying this dark album, i don´t know how some people find its musics weird, honestly i think the musics are quite acessible and simple to assimilate,its dark melodies are usual in Electronic music, so there´s nothing awkward about it. Its a pity that this album is short and includes a blank track ""intentionally left blank" wich i think it occupies unnecessary disk space, besides it turns to be a uncomfortable silence of two minutes, it feels like wasted money on this pseudo-modern art track. I find this album very satisfying untill the track 8, the final tracks i find them more ordinary lacking melody, dynamic or any consistency in its expression. My favourite tracks are "Lump", "Flute" and "Lumpette". The only reason why i don´t give the max rating to this album is because i find it short and with some track that are not enough satisfying, i hope James Holden is working on a new Album whether is dark or progressive house. James is one the best artists when it comes to do remixes such as "Fine day, "The sky was pink", "the darkest star", "inner laugh" and many other remixes wich i find amazing placing James as one of the top remixers. I hope James Holden is producing a new album, and i hope it will be a more varied album, more extended and more satisfying than this one.
Konstantin_Sibold

Konstantin_Sibold

August 6, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, 2x12", MiniAlbum, 14BC, 14bc
I remember listening to this in a record store the first time back in the days, I didn't bought it because I didn't understand it, nevertheless a few weeks later I bought it, thankfully, and then I listened more intently to it... and it really opened doors in my way of understanding electronic music.
I hope that someday I can give him a big hug for what he gave to me with this record.

6/5
jiggawhat

jiggawhat

January 9, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, CD, MiniAlbum, 14BC

It lacks melody, harmony, tonation - every single basic aspect of music composition is ignored. Intelligent dance music? This is as dumb as it gets, and it certainly isn't dance music. Lump is the only half-decent track on the album, the rest is pseudo-art that "intellectuals" will pretend they enjoy. It's akin to going to a modern art convention and seeing a rusted frying pan on display. If this album was any no-name artist, it would be dismissed. But since it's James Holden, it suddenly becomes this revolutionary, breakthrough album that "defines new boundaries" and other nonsense.
scoundrel

scoundrel

September 2, 2011
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, CD, MiniAlbum, 14BC

When a track like the densely textured "Lump" kicks off an album, you know you're in for a treat. And that's exactly what James Holden's THE IDIOTS ARE WINNING is. "10101" is spartan at the start, but once the synths come in, it becomes like an electric ocean, with waves of crackle and synth ripples. "Corduroy," on the other hand, starts ticking away into acid-like wobbles, while the ambient, atonal "Flute" accumulates layers of noise and feedback. "Idiot" takes its steady thump through several tonal variations, while its sister track, "Idiot Clapsolo" is a slightly stripped-down version. "Quiet Drumming" ends the album with a heavily-filtered rhythm track, almost a counterpoint to the tracks elsewhere. The album as a whole: a musical smörgåsbord.
Bonsjoerd

Bonsjoerd

January 13, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, CD, MiniAlbum, 14BC
intentionally left blank
Shpira

Shpira

May 10, 2009
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, 2x12", MiniAlbum, 14BC, 14bc
One of the best electronic albums yet. It breaks boundaries and creates something truly unique. A master piece, a true musical composition. I think Holden deserves praise for this album...Consequently I find it strange that its being criticized by people for being too experimental and what not. Is this not what electronic music is originally about?

The only ways for things to improve is by testing the limits. This album does just that and the result is some of the best melodies I have heard yet.

A must have.
daboodahmonk

daboodahmonk

September 9, 2008
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, CD, MiniAlbum, 14BC

There are pieces that shine brightly but overall, Holden's first studio album feels unfinished and almost disappointing (although still better than 90% of the electronic music out there today). Holden has so much talent, evident on tracks such as "Lump" and "10101" but there seems to be a little too much "filler" which is only mildly interesting. Another common critique is the length of the album. Clocking in at barely 40 minutes in length, "The Idiots Are Winning" is much shorter than your average electronic studio album. I think this album would have received better reviews (and sales) if James had removed the more experimental tracks and left it as an EP, perhaps with a couple remix/versions of older songs of his. In summary, there are a few AMAZING tracks on this album, certainly worth the purchase, but don't approach "The Idiots Are Winning" looking for an entire album of Holden's trademark genius because you will likely leave unsatisfied.

March 10, 2008
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, CD, MiniAlbum, 14BC
An excellent piece of work from Holden, including many works far from what we would expect from this progressive house artist. While many of us would have liked to see his earlier works compiled into an album, this release far outdoes what any such album could have done in that it's so complex and coherent that the whole album feels like one big piece of art. Very IDMish, and extremely experimental, but Holden's talent for production shines. Recommended.
NPF

NPF

September 16, 2007
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, 2x12", MiniAlbum, 14BC, 14bc

This LP has seperated people do to criticism. Some cannot hear it and reject it, and others love it more than anything. This is exactly the attention it deserves.
Yes it is different from "normal" dance music, but isn't that a step towards something new?
It remains fascinating how melancholy in music gives us such relief and satisfaction. I give Holden huge credit for creating something beautifully complex and inspiringly melodic. The fascinating melodies are very much the focus of these tracks.
No other artist has made me close my eyes during a song as often as James Holden has, in a moment of perfect and fullfilling sadness. It is listening music, yet dancable, and basically this should be recognized as a new genre. No wonder Stephan Bodzin's "Liebe Ist..." is being called "Post Holden".
Some like it and others don't, and that is good that way. It is different, and different is good. "The Idiots Are Winning" is a great step for electronic music.
apostle83

apostle83

February 8, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
referencing The Idiots Are Winning, 2x12", MiniAlbum, 14BC, 14bc

I love it that people hate this album. It tells me that Holden is never going release something that has already been done before. That being said, this album is outstanding as expected. '10101', 'Corduroy', 'Idiot' and 'Lump' are all genius pieces of electronic sound, and really the only tracks that this album should be judged by. '10101' reminds me of a dark street in the early morning hours, splashed with a sudden downpour--a lone street lamp forming halos in the murk. Think 'Blade Runner'.