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The National Health [Deluxe Edition, Double CD]

Maxïmo Park Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD
  • Label: V2/Coop
  • ASIN: B007PBTPY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When I Was Wild
2. The National Health
3. Hips And Lips
4. The Undercurrents
5. Write This Down
6. Reluctant Love
7. Until The Earth Would Open
8. Banlieue
9. This Is What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
10. Wolf Among Men
11. Take Me Home
12. Unfamiliar Places
13. Waves Of Fear

Product Description

Fourth studio album by the British indie rock group. The follow up to their 2009 record 'Quicken the Heart', the album debuted at #13 in the UK charts, and includes the single 'Hips and Lips'. This deluxe edition includes a second disc which features acoustic versions of four tracks.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximo Return With A Message 11 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
You can't read the newspaper while listening to Maximo Park's new album The National Health.Complete aural attention to it is essential. Dedicated to the memory of Lee Pasfield,the band's former soundman,who tragically succumbed to brain cancer in 2009,this new album from Maximo Park is very powerful indeed.

Thirteen tracks packed with vitality,doom,heartbreak,hope,concern for the state of the country and for the world,and sonic bliss,command the listener to sit up and give their full attention to the songs.

Now somewhat matured with their sound,helped enormously by producer Gil Norton,MP stamp their musical individuality indelibly onto this album,much as they did with their debut one A Certain Trigger,back in 2005.

Lead singer Paul Smith,still only 33,has retained his position as indie music's classiest frontman,demonstrating a theatricality and vocal professionalism rare in today's crop of new(ish!) bands.

Keysman Lukas Wooller's stylish playing is a big part of the album,whilst the musical ability of guitarist Duncan Lloyd has contributed a sizeable chunk to the songs.

Tom English,the band's drummer,bolsters up the quintet with his solid drumwork-and bassist Archis Tiku is rock solid in there!

To dissect- standout tracks are:The National Health(urgent and chaotic),Write This Down(acerbic and vicious,but in a good way),Until The Earth Would Open(sad,wistful and visionary),Unfamiliar Places(yearning and poignant). I particularly liked the short intro When I Was Wild,which showcases Paul Smith's poetic talent in song.

The tracks are all very different,but joined by that slightly disturbing essence which this band are now well-known for.

The CD's cover artwork deserves a mention too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year so far 25 July 2012
By Preno
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Jut an excellent "LP" (yes i'm of an age)
Judge by quality of tracks deep into the album at 8, 9 & 10...
Top top band
& Paul Smith is a top top boy to boot

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5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular return to form! 11 Jun 2012
By Jd_1986
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Without doubt this is Maximo Park's best album! Whilst "Our Earthly Pleasures" and "Quicken the Heart" were by no means bad, neither never quite reached the heights of a "Certain Trigger" in my opinion. In many ways "The National Health" is better. A must buy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 Feb 2014
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I loxe Maximo Park, and this CD is a belter, some really catchy gritty songs on it, and have been playing this over and over again. Really good stuff from Paul Smith et al.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maximo park 25 Jan 2014
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Bought for a Christmas pressie. quick dispatch and well packed.have had no complaints or feedback from the recipient so all must be well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great album 26 Jan 2013
By K Hales
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Bought this after seeing Maximo Park in the summer, its a great album loaded with top songs, a really enjoyable listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best album i have bought in years - and if you buy one Maximo Aalbum make it this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguable their best. 30 Nov 2012
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O.K. I'll make this quick. First up, it's not a protest album despite the title. If you've heard of Maximo Park before then there are no surprises here it's more of the same, just better. It has the quality of a greatest hits album, with no filler to waste your time. Better than their last two and as good as their first. If you're a fan you'll be happy, if you're undecided give a try, it's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
I bought this on the basis of a couple of songs I'd heard on the radio. I've always been aware of Maximo Park and liked the odd song but never bought anything by them. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cat79
5.0 out of 5 stars Passes the car test with flying colours
I always have an mp3 disc in my car with 6 albums on it (a hangover from a 6 CD multichanger) and replace albums as I get tired of them, or I need the space for new ones. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2012 by albol
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great Album, Not listened to Maximo Park before want to listen to some of their older stuff now. Has a bit of an 80's feel to it but really original.
Published on 5 Sep 2012 by jezzy boy
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximo Park - worth the wait
Fantastic new album with just as much kick as their previous work! Some haunting acoustic versions on this album too.
Published on 20 Aug 2012 by princessleia
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
What a fantastic album, I originally heard of them when 'The Undercurrents' was played on Radio 1, I later checked their music out and bought an album. Read more
Published on 25 July 2012 by Mrs. Susanne Renshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Small is beautiful
I only started listening to Maximo Park about 6 months ago having been lent the first CD A Certain Trigger by a friend who used to play keyboards in a band that I played drums in. Read more
Published on 21 July 2012 by Dr. D. Hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars National Health - Maximo Park
Fantastic New Album! Some real belting tracks. These Guys Just Keep getting better and better! Some catchy tunes and really good lyrics
Published on 13 July 2012 by Mr. Robert J. Marchant
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