My Secret is my Silence

My Secret is my Silence is the debut studio album by Idlewild lead vocalist Roddy Woomble, released 24 July 2006, on Pure Records.

My Secret is my Silence
Studio album by
Released24 July 2006
LabelPure Records
ProducerJohn McCusker
Roddy Woomble chronology
My Secret is my Silence
Before the Ruin
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The album, produced by John McCusker, features tracks co-written by McCusker, Rod Jones, Michael Angus and Karine Polwart as well as the vocals of folk singer, Kate Rusby.

Regarding the album, Woomble states that: "the barriers were down so I could do whatever I wanted. I don’t look at it as a solo record – I mean, my name is on it, but it’s more of a collaborative effort. There are ten people on it!"[1]

Woomble also notes that he is "in a position that I can decide to put out records under my own name, playing music that wouldn’t be considered rock music, but I can also play with the band and put out rock albums. It’s not like I wake up in the morning with a beard and a tammy and warble folk songs, and the next day it’s all leather jackets. The two things run in tandem pretty well."[2]

Writing and composition

In 2013, Woomble noted that My Secret is my Silence was "written mostly in a one-bedroom flat in Glasgow, in the comedown from the Warnings/Promises era of Idlewild. It was a time of long tours and record company pressure. I had a longing for wide open spaces, glens, rivers and trees, and to be rid of the trappings of a moderately successful major label rock band. So [the] record is all about escapism."[3]

Track listing

  1. "I Came In from the Mountain" – 2:40
  2. "As Still As I Watch Your Grave" – 4:45
  3. "Every Line of a Long Moment" – 3:39
  4. "My Secret is My Silence" – 4:12
  5. "Act IV" – 4:22
  6. "From the Drifter to the Drake" – 3:37
  7. "If I Could Name Any Name" – 3:57
  8. "Whiskeyface" – 2:47
  9. "Waverley Steps" – 4:05
  10. "Under My Breath" – 3:44
  11. "Play Me Something" – 3:40


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