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Margins: Thinking In Pictures [Amazon Exclusive Book Edition]


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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B003YVNC7K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. North Atlantic Drift
2. The Crush and the Shatter
3. Improvement/Denouement
4. Strange Fiction
5. While You're in the Bath
6. This Heat
7. I Drew You Sleeping
8. Alone, I Would've Dropped
9. Dare Not Dive
10. I Wonder If
11. Our Lady of Lourdes
12. The Tingles
13. Pinball

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From the Author: It's a collection of 74 Polaroid’s taken over the last 5 years, paired together, two to a page in a portrait format. I was trying to make sense of my surroundings in different towns and countries each day whilst allowing myself to be led by what I saw rather than maps or tourist sites.

BBC Review

Newcastle’s Maxïmo Park were among the more thoughtful bands to emerge during the UK post-punk/new wave revival of the mid-00s, due in no small part to the acutely observed lyrics of front man Paul Smith.

A year on from his group’s rather disappointing third album Quicken the Heart, Smith is back with a collection of self-penned songs recorded with a collection of north-east friends including Field Music’s David Brewis on bass. This is apparently just a side project rather than the beginning of a solo career – Maxïmo Park are currently working on new material – and Margins doesn’t represent much of a departure away from their established template.

Tracks like North Atlantic Drift and Dare Not Dive appear to be Smith on auto-pilot and would slip seamlessly onto Quicken the Heart with their angular rhythms, spiky guitars and half-sung, half-shouted choruses. Our Lady of Lourdes is better – layered and more atmospheric – but there’s a general lack of killer tunes here and the likes of Wild Beasts have moved this particular brand of intelligent art rock on to a whole new, more interesting plane.

To be fair, delve a little deeper and there is some genuine branching out to be found. While You’re In The Bath is just a songwriter plucking his lone guitar and pouring out his heart, while Pinball closes the set impressively with its combination of haunting cello, maudlin, sonorous vocal and lilting country-folk chords bringing to mind a Geordie Micah P. Hinson.

Lyrically, Smith’s his usual intriguing if rather over-earnest self. In Improvement/Denouement he is "hooked to a reservoir of lust"; Pinball sees him alternately "categorising", "simplifying", "stultifying" and "agonising"; on Alone I Would Have Dropped he proclaims "the position of passion is irrelevant" before "unearthing a dinosaur’s spine". Whether even he really knows what on earth he’s talking about is a moot point, but straightforward girl meets boy stuff it certainly isn’t.

Nevertheless, as an overall package, Margins struggles to rise above the ordinary. Fans of Maxïmo Park will not be disappointed, but it’s frankly hard to see anyone else caring very much.

--Chris White

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By juliet R on 16 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Margins is the debut album from Maximo Park's frontman Paul Smith,
which took four years in the making.
It is thoughtful and melodic.There are thirteen tracks on the album
and I can't say I disliked one of them.

The lyrics are quaint..."you can rely on nature's spite/to chuck another spanner in the works"(North Atlantic Drift),and sometimes
baffling..."we had a conversation/and we decided/three gulps of Coca-Cola would suffice"(The Tingles),but as a whole,Margins is pleasantly
pleasing,often very endearing,and so warmly-written that you could
wrap it up in velvet and snuggle inside it.

My favourite track is the breezy Strange Friction,with its David Gray-style intro and lovely chorus,closely followed by the pining Pinball,whose brilliant ukelele backing Paul Smith's torch singer's vocals, almost steals the song.

A strong highlight of the album is the special effects on I Wonder If,making the track almost unbearable to listen to(in a very good way,of course!!)- my spine almost crackled when I heard it.

Warm...is the word I would use to describe Margins.Every song has a
pure,honest(sometimes too honest,bordering on the acutely self-effacing)feel to it.

The album is absolutely nothing like Maximo Park's albums at all.

I sincerely hope it is a big success for Mr Smith.

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott at the Junction on 4 Jan 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this at the launch gig in Middlesbrough. I'd only heard Our Lady of Lourdes at that point, but really liked that song. The sound was not good at that gig, but the songs came through strong and sweet.
With this album Paul breaks from the sometimes limited orchestration of Maximo Park. He explores softer and potent musical ideas that what work particularly well with his idiosyncratic lyrics. I go back to this disc a great deal and enjoy every track. There are some really sad images of relationship breaking down (While You're in the Bath), but the stories are varied since this was made over four years. "I Drew You Sleeping" is captivating; it flows with lovely guitar work and pauses almost oddly at first. Once you get to know it, it's hard to get it out of your head. It actually starts with something that is more Maximo Park than the rest, though North Atlantic Drift is still coloured by Paul's own palette.
It's a great album; I'd be happy if he stayed as a solo artist and maybe he will when he's had enough of all that leaping around with The Park.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 11 Oct 2010
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This album has got such a lovely feel to it - quite different to Maximo Park's stuff, but it has Paul's stamp all over it - beautiful lyrics and voice - I loved it on first listen and it's growing on me more and more each time I play it... Am eagerly awaiting the arrival of his book now!
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By Julius Cezar on 19 Aug 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought this as love Paul and Maximo but music is very bland and borderline depressing. Pictures are nice though, but not really my thing.
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