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ARTIST
TITLE
A Certain Trigger
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WARP 130CD WARP 130CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/31/2005

"Just two vinyl-only singles in, and things are pulling very sharply into focus for Maximo Park. A year ago, their inchoate howls of frustration set to big choruses were still largely un-moulded and all but unknown outside (even inside) their native Newcastle. But what a difference a debut makes. Warp saw in Maximo Park and their arresting frontman Paul Smith, something of the promise they had earlier identified in Pulp and Jarvis Cocker just as they were making their transition from bookish miserablism to sharply-honed, hilarious social commentary, set in a pop idiom. Both bands talk easily about the landscape of boring, shitty Britain, speaking with originality, accuracy, resigned wit and more than a little fire in their bellies. Like Cocker, Paul seems often thwarted in his songs, waiting both literally and metaphorically as the 'Position Closed' sign goes up. On stage and in the studio, the band deals in tight songwriting, Smith's tumult of syllables bombarding the listener and reflecting the singer's state of personal confusion over another fine mess he's gotten himself into. Somehow out of this maelstrom Maximo Park reliably manage to conjure a stone cold killer chorus, as in the epically pummelling 'Once A Glimpse,' the deliciously baffling 'The Coast is Always Changing,' or the self explanatory 'Now I'm All Over the Shop.'"