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Quicken The Heart [CD+DVD]

Maxïmo Park Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (11 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B003YCK9LG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wraithlike
2. The Penultimate Clinch
3. The Kids Are Sick Again
4. A Cloud of Mystery
5. Calm
6. In Another World (You Would've Found Yourself By Now)
7. Let's Get Clinical
8. Roller Disco Dreams
9. Tanned
10. Questing, Not Coasting
11. Overland, West of Suez
12. I Haven't Seen Her in Ages

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Third studio album by the Mercury Prize nominated rock group. The album debuted at #6 on the UK Album Chart and features the single 'The Kids Are Sick Again'.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less guitar, more synth, same brilliance 8 May 2009
By Shazia
Format:Audio CD
Third album - will they get so big in sound and produced that they end up sounding stadium impersonal and lose their idiosyncratic charm in the process? I didn't really fear this, since the second album, though definitely given a different production polish from A Certain Trigger, had avoided this hurdle already. But it did make me wonder where the sound would go and how they could push it further.

The answer lies in more keys, less straight guitar and more guitar which often sounds like keys (and even vocal - see "Overland" 's intro) and an unashamedly pop route which takes in early 80s infleunces (Joy Division - "Penultimate Clinch", Blondie - "Calm", Gary Numan - "Let's Get Clinical" and mid 80s A-Ha - "In Another World", "I Haven't Seen Her in Ages") without sounding slavishly derivative and still retaining Maximo's typically quixotic approach to the verse and chorus formula and key and tempo changes ("Cloud of Mystery" in paricular for the key changes). "Overland" is a masterpiece in confidence, taking the Maximo chaos to the limit - you think it's going nowhere but when you get to know it you realise the verse and chorus and it's arguably the one track where straight guitar and keys come out equal.

So, the songrwriting prevails, though possibly the pop strength makes the lyricism of gritty modern urban life a bit less immediate at first. It's interesting that though this is definitely a musical progression there are moments of old school structure and melody that take you back to A Certian Trigger but with a 2009 twist - "Let's Get Clinical" is reminsicent of "I Want You to Stay" while "I Haven't Seen Her in Ages", in its simnplicity (and folkishly beautiful close harmonies), is a "Kiss You Better" for 2009 and, like "Kiss You Better", is a sweet album closer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a grower.... 26 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
Having read the other reviews, I'd say that I was somewhere in between in my reaction to the Park's latest.

Given that the release date of this album was in my calendar for months, it would be fair to say that I was very much looking forward to a listen and expectations were high.

I must say however, that I wasn't blown away on the initial play. Yet I think this was more of a case of heightened anticipation and the inevitable comparisons with A Certain Trigger and Our Earthly Pleasures.

What the album does lack compared with those first two is that standout killer track that sucks you into the album and prompts you to compulsively play it. For me, it was Our Velocity and I Want You to Stay on the first two which got me hooked and keen to explore the other tracks.

So in that sense, I'll agree with the negative review here in saying that The Kids are Sick Again isn't the strongest single Maximo Park have ever released.

But don't despair... to nick one of Paul's lyrics "it's a grower" and my persistence has paid off in hitting the repeat button. The sound is still them (if a little less guitar heavy) and the lyrics still mark them out as one of the most insightful and poetic bands we have in this country.

There's some cracking tracks which I've really warmed to - Let's Get Clinical, I Haven't Seen Her in Ages, Calm - and I've got a funny suspicion that they will all sound great when I go and see them live tomorrow.

Whether the new tracks will match up to their predecessors however is another matter.

To put it simply, if you like the Park, you'll probably like Quicken the Heart, though you might not like it as much as their previous albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It quickens my heart.. 10 Aug 2009
By Becky
Format:Audio CD
Not having been a large fan of the park up until early this year I couldn't believe just what I had missed. Fantastic lyrics, a gorgeous voice singing, stunning sounds. And a keyboard player. A tiny detail to some but as a keyboard player myself I'm finding there are less bands including said players anymore.
I was eangerly awaiting this album, having pre-ordered as soon as I heard it was out. I steered clear of any reviews until I'd heard it myself. Wraithlike and The Kids Are Sick Again had already been blasted through my speakers from youtube, giving me a fairly good idea of what to expect.
Unfortunately I have to say I wasn't grabbed when hearing it first. I put it on repeat and soon found, to my surprise, I was singing the words. As he says, If it's a grower, why can't we take things slower? Well, Mr Smith, I was prepared to take Quicken The Heart slowly, and found it really was a grower.
Delving further I fell quietly in love.
Calm.
One of their best songs yet? I think so. Those beautiful melodies, the sweet lyrics and that tiny keyboard pattern that totally makes the song. That, and Questing, Not Coasting (thank god it's a single!) are the two highlights for me. Something else I've recently discovered: That Beating Heart - B side to Questing. Such a shame it wasn't included on the album, as soon as the piano began I was hooked. Also if not buying from iTunes I thoroughly recommend Lost Property: a quiet song, but lovely in its own right.
Weak points: Wraithlike, The Kids Are Sick Again and Overland. On their own they're superb, but next to the other songs? Not quite.
So, their best album? Better than their second, and probably on a par with their first.
A simply beautiful album.
Oh, and the dvd.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed
This is a fantastic album, I especially love Questing, Not Coasting and The Kids Are Sick Again. However, I gave it 4 stars as I don't think it's as good as their first two albums. Read more
Published on 1 May 2011 by yoghurt boy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Yet!
I've read mixed review's about this latest offering from Maximo Park. I have to say - i think this is a brilliant album! Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by ByTheMonument
4.0 out of 5 stars Maximo Park are here to stay
There seems to an agreement between the positive reviewers here that it takes one or two (or five) listens to really get into this. I agree and it's probably a good thing. Read more
Published on 22 July 2009 by Mr. K. Savage
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
So looking forward to this album, but not up to the usual frenetic excellence. Just can't seem to get into it!
Published on 10 July 2009 by J. J. Miles
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as I'd hoped :(
The 3rd official offering from Maximo Park was not as good as I'd hoped. There are a couple of catchy songs, but nothing approaching the brilliance of Our Velocity, Apply Some... Read more
Published on 2 July 2009 by amliag
5.0 out of 5 stars West Of Suez, East Of Britain
Our Earthly Pleasures was MP's only album that anyone could say is overproduced (Or as Paul said in a recent interview, it was produced perfectly. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2009 by J. A. Higgins
4.0 out of 5 stars No standout tracks.
My overall impression of the album is that it was very good.
My only issue is that I didn't feel there was any standout tracks. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2009 by S. Tranter
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's get critical!
I was worried that following the first two albums(A certain trigger & Our earthly pleasures)this record would fail to deliver. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2009 by Mr. M. F. Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximo Park, Quicken The Heart
Quicken The Heart (CD+DVD)

With high expectations since their previous albums "A Certain Trigger" and "Our Earthly Pleasures", the new Maximo Park album did not... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2009 by Sabrina Winfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Last Album
The 'Park return with another fine fare of indie pop gems which will be a sure fire album of the summer in my opinion. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2009 by C. Skinner
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