Maximo Park
A Certain Trigger



by Senor_Whippy USER (22 Reviews)
August 1st, 2005 | 16 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

No relation to Linkin Park thankfully.Maximo Park are the lastest British band to be given the 'next big thing' tag by the music press.Formed in Newcastle.Maximo Park have built themself a strong following and have even got Britain's best new Producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party,The Futureheads,Babyshambles)in to turn their debut album into a Indie classic.

''I'am young and i'am lost.Every sentence has it's cost'' Coast Is Always Changing

Already one of strong contenders for this year's Mercury music prize and a top 5 hit in the Uk.Maximo Park are now one of Britain's favourite new band and when you listen to 'A Certain Trigger' you'll understand.The songs are brillant and spikey.Whlist the lyrics are like Morrissey on Prozac.First single 'Apply Some Pressure' is as strong as anything Kaiser Chiefs or Bloc Party could come up with.Even on some of the album's weakest moments like 'Acrobat' and 'Once, A Glimpse' there is still inspiration and fresh ideas around.Frontman Paul Smith's lyrics are at times brillant as they are sometimes wacky and cheesey.But thankfully tracks like 'Graffiti' and 'Going Missing' sercure Smith's place as one of the finest new songwriters in the world today.Taking influences from the likes of Gang of four,The Futureheads and The Smiths.Maximo Park create a brillant and Arty pop rock sound and even if it isn't the most original one around they still make their own.

''I sleep with my hands across my chest and i dream of you.With someone else'' Going Missing

What with Bloc Party's dull 'Silent Alarm'.Kaiser Chiefs taking the pop a little bit too far on 'Employment' and Manchester's Nine Black Alps ripping off Nirvana on their debut 'Everything Is'.It's safe to say that 'A Certain Trigger' is possibly the only British album you need this year.Like Franz Ferdinand in 2004.Maximo Park have created a youthful,energetic and classic album.Hats off to them.

Apply Some Pressure
Going Missing
The Coast Is Always Changing

Stay Away From:
Once, A Glimpse

Like This,Try These:
The Futureheads-
The Futureheads (6/10)

The Smiths-
Singles (8/10)

Kaiser Chiefs-
Employment (7/10)

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October 1st 2005



October 1st 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

It's a pretty short review but I write short reviews too so no biggy. There is a bit too much comparison going on though and not enough proof that Maximo Park can stand on their own two feet without being involved in this movement.

I like this band. I don't see much future, but I would much rather hear these guys on the radio than Kaiser Chiefs.

I'll give it a 3/5.

"Postcard of a Painting" reminds me of the Smiths in 2005. Surely.

October 1st 2005


Milkman, do you have a serious chip on your shoulder or what? I mean, mazz567 is kinda over-critical, but you're the worse. Talk about the album, or suggest ways to improve the reviews. Don't just be a wanker. Saying that things suck doesn't help with anything.

October 1st 2005


Okay, Milkman, I meant nothing by it. I was just protecting SenorWhippy bc he's pretty cool. Maybe you're all right, too. Peace.

Storm In A Teacup
October 1st 2005


Damrod or Med should give him a warning. I've already put that into effect.

October 1st 2005


Yeah, it's good to see that you guys seem to have resolved this by yourselves, but just re-iterating the site's policy on commenting.

1. Comment about the music.
2. Or comment on the review.
3. Or respond to previous comments.

All acceptable, all welcomed. But, be constructive. Don't insult someone if the review's bad, don't mindlessly bash bands, but if a review is poor, then try and suggest ways that it could be improved. If the reviewer acts like a jerk then Damrod or I will deal with it. Also, just for future reference, although writing reviews means that your opinion will probably be taken more seriously around here, just because someone hasn't written a review doesn't mean that they can't criticise reviews/the album itself. So please don't use that as an argument. Thanks.

October 24th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

Decent review but not your best . I haven't heard too uch stuff by these but their follow northeners and I like apply some pressure so might get this

August 12th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

none taken LMAO

March 28th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

Apply some pressure is one of the coolest tracks I have heard in a while.

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