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  • Audio CD (16 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B0007VXZJK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Postcard Of A Painting 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Going Missing 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Want You To Stay 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. The Coast Is Always Changing 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Night I Lost My Head 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Once, A Glimpse 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
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MAXIMO PARK A Certain Trigger (2005 UK 13-track CD album produced by Paul Epworth [Bloc Party / The Futureheads] and featuring the singles Apply Some Pressure and Graffiti)

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This, the debut album from rakish Northern English post-punks Maximo Park, is certainly not the sort of album you expect to find on acclaimed techno label Warp Records – but a sitting spent with A Certain Trigger should neatly demonstrate why they couldn't say no. A hyper-tuneful indie-rock outfit in the vein of XTC, Gang of Four, and particularly modern peers The Futureheads, Maximo turn out the sort of breathless, keyboard-drenched art-pop numbers that neither forsake their Englishness – frontman Paul Smith sings in his native accent, a broad Newcastle accent – nor bow excessively to the past. The immediate hit is "Apply Some Pressure", an instantly catchy mini-masterpiece of tension and relief that appears to be stitched out of the hooks from about five other songs – but hot on its heels come the likes of "Graffiti" and "Going Missing", which, while slow-burning, prove no less addictive in the long haul. And for all the smart assery on display, Maximo Park prove agreeably adept at pulling off the odd tender moment: see the sweet, chiming "The Coast Is Always Changing" – a tale of love, loss and long-distant train journeys. --Louis Pattison

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M. on 22 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are few bands that can take my heart upon first listen. The Libertines tried and failed for many months to garner my attention, only getting it over the bleak summer months with little else to do. Hell, even The Futureheads, the catchiest pop-punk quartet to come out of 2004 didn't manage to capture my full attention with 'A to B'. So what's so different about Maximo Park?
The main point that many will argue is that, simply, there isn't enough different about them to get them noticed. With this new invasion of suit wearing, guitar wielding bands, it's hard to go against that part. With The Futureheads, Franz Ferdinand and many others grabbing the covers of the NME and getting numerous column inches in tabloids, it's easy to see why many simply dismiss this Newcastle quintet as simply part of the rabble.
The people who are willing to look past the 'me too' exterior are likely to be rewarded with deep, revealing lyrics, catchy riffs and songs that simply won't leave you alone. From the quiet opening of Signal and Sign, the album simply grows and grows. Somehow, Maximo Park have managed to capture all that's good about indie music today and encapsulate it all into one album, adding lyrics much deeper than even the most lovelorn teenager in a suit could hope to pen.
From the albums opening words, you can tell that the band's singer, Paul Smith, is a man with charisma. His singing voice has more personality than nearly every other singer on the scene at the moment. Rather than covering up his Geordie accent with an American twang or inaudible mumblings, Smith seems to flaunt it, and many of the songs are much better for it - indeed, many of the lyrics were written by the man himself, and it's difficult to imagine anyone but him singing them with such a passion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By juliet R on 10 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album first came to my notice in October 2005,when it had in fact been released earlier in May. I had seen Maximo Park on Jools Holland's "Later" and enjoyed their performance.They seemed to stand alone amongst other pop rock/art rock bands.I thought I would like to buy their debut CD"A Certain Trigger" and I finally did so in the early autumn,not knowing what to expect. I was even unsure whether I would like the tracks.
How wrong was I?? From the moment the CD hit my player I was instantly hooked by the opening drum and guitar bars of the first track "Signal and Sign."This anthem to changing life direction and getting motivated awoke my interest and lit the blue touchpaper for the rest of the album. Definite and direct,it sets the tone for the other twelve songs on the album.
From then on I never looked back. There isn't a dull,dud or depressing track on this album. It speeds along with the urgency of a train heading to its destination. It has a message for everyone.
Frontman Paul Smith has a distinctive rock voice. It is one that HAS to be listened to. At times it can just border on the light operatic,and there is plenty of melody there. Emotion runs high throughout his vocal delivery and as for his Geordie accent,it adds masses of charm and at times lends a dangerous edge to the words and music.
Tracks such as"Apply Some Pressure",which urge the listener to rethink,if things in life go wrong.The keyboards chorus is a very catchy one,with jangly piano chords,backing organ and a driving guitar and drum rhythm.
Other standout songs include "Graffiti",which concentrate on the recurring theme of provincial boredom and personal daring(intriguing stuff)-"Going Missing" which is a wonderful song.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Benyunes on 21 April 2006
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A rollercoaster ride from start to finish with barely time to catch your breath as A Certain Trigger piles it on with track after track of classic pop music. Reminiscent here and there of the big sound and lyrical flourishes of the Teardrop Explodes and others, but altogether more muscular and energetic. Pure exhilaration all the way, this is going to be a mighty hard act to follow. Surely the best of the lot in 2005 in a memorable year for guitar-based music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Hansen on 2 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
I remember the day when I bought this album, is was a warm May day, I had a bad day at work, had an argument with the boyf, and wanted to listen to "Going Missing" on loop. I am so glad I was in that melancholy mood otherwise I would not have had the chance to find out what a hidden gem this band is! Each track holds it's own, from "I Want You To Stay" to my personal favourite "Once a Glimpse", and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, which despite the high octane music, it's Paul Smith's emotive and articulate lyrics which really packs a punch!

I have had the very good fortune of seeing this band live in 2006 and again in 2008, and I can't wait for the release of Quicken the Heart!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 May 2005
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this album is amazing after a few listens it is definitley a grower, if you have only heard grafitti and love it some tracks are even better, except track 12 acrobat which is very different and personal don't really like it but again it is a grower. this is one of the best and most original albums i have heard in a long time i can't really find anything to comapare it to and that is a good thing with all the music that you can't tell the difference between around now. well worth the money.
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