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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, Musical genius from Britains Britpop underdogs
A Maximum High is a fantasitic effort from the York lads after the rather disappointing Change giver. The album is pleasing for a number of reasons not least the delightful singing tones of Rick Witter, bringing listeners to new levels of dizzy hedonism in "Going for gold" and engaging in melodic harmony in "Out By My Side". With Paul Banks...
Published on 30 Nov 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Epitomises britpop excess
Shed Seven should be the figurehead band of Britpop in retrospect. A mediocre, slightly tuneful, in it for the money kind of a band who found popularity in the proliferation of the Britpop label policy. On Standby, and Bully Boy are reasonably good pop songs, but elsewhere the band seem weighed down by a sense of their own importance, as on the title track. The...
Published on 13 Aug 2003 by Concerned father


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, Musical genius from Britains Britpop underdogs, 30 Nov 1999
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This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
A Maximum High is a fantasitic effort from the York lads after the rather disappointing Change giver. The album is pleasing for a number of reasons not least the delightful singing tones of Rick Witter, bringing listeners to new levels of dizzy hedonism in "Going for gold" and engaging in melodic harmony in "Out By My Side". With Paul Banks providing accelarating riffs on lead guitar, boredom is not something you will be forced to endure with this album. The bands reputation as second class citizens of the indie world should be put to one side and all illusions dispelled. Shed Seven can happily throw "A Maximum High" in the face of the critics because it is at least absorbing, flowing with high class rock juices and well worth a slot in your CD rack! -Well done lads.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album, 28 Sep 2000
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This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
In my opinion one of the best albums of the nineties. Despite the Sheds critical reputation I think they are a great band, who have produced some classic song, such as 'Ocean Pie', one of my favourite songs of all time. A great album, better than Change Giver, and parallel lines is a classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid album! Shed Seven's best!, 12 Sep 2013
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This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
After their slightly above average and promising debut, Shed Seven released their most popular and engaging album 'A Maximum High' in 1996.

In terms of singles, it could be almost repackaged as a greatest hits album. Five of the songs here all made an impact in the UK charts, the standout 'Going For Gold' was a top ten hit and is easily the band's signature song, 'Getting Better' and 'On Standby' both dented the top 15, and 'Where Have You Been Tonight?' and 'Bully Boy' charted at #23 and #22 respectfully. But not only does 'A Maximum High' ride high on hits, the whole album in it's entirety is worth listening to.

'A Maximum High' captures Shed Seven at their peak and comprises fantastic guitar playing, strong vocals from lead singer Rick Witter, complex and interesting lyrics and a full collection of well constructed songs. This is the guys from York's equivalent of Suede's classic album 'Coming Up'. Buy it, and enjoy a solid example of mid-1990s mainstream rock music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Sheds Album, 9 Nov 2007
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This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
This is the more commercially succesful of Shed Sevens albums but most fans will tell you they prefer 'Change Giver' but I think this album just about beats it.

Infinately listenable from start to finish. 'Getting better' is a quality uptempo opener and the album has few low points from then on. 'Where Have You Been Tonight?' is a classic track dripping with style while 'Going for Gold' is one of Shed Seven's best known and most loved tracks.

Album closer Parrallel Lines wraps things up brilliantly, slow building and song writing at a level most people assume Shed Seven never managed.

A brilliant album and essential listening in the build up to their reunion tour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sheds, 17 Nov 2011
This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
good quality cheap price
shed seven at there best a must for any music lover
best album of the nineties
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5.0 out of 5 stars The coolest indie band of the 90's, 21 Sep 2011
This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
A MAXIMUM HIGH... Brilliant album from the York based band that melds imaginative guitar riffs with great lyrics. This mixture is poured directly onto the backbone that is a solid bass and drums rhythm section. Lots of hits and each song as catchy as the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars York's finest, 10 Aug 2011
This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
The best Britpop bands were the guitar bands who carried on the 60s tradition begun by the Byrds.
Shed Seven were about the last of them in the sense of actually having more hit singles than other Britpoppers like the Farm.In this respect they were luckier than the Family Cat.
To my mind the greatest single was LIES-a song worthy of the Cat
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maximum respect, 22 Jun 2011
This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
This is a top album from "the sheds". It's broad and lasting appeal lies in it's everyman quality. After all, we can all relate to songs about saving electricity (on standby), parking (parallel lines), failed relationships with Henry Kelly (going for gold) and hermaphrodites (ladyman). Ha bloody ha eh. I'm bored at work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of THE classic british pop albums, 10 Mar 2006
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This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
Its simple. forget all the music journo sh1te, this is a high quality album of catchy, well structured, singalong rock.
Along with Echobelly's 'On', this album defines the 90's britpop sound and imho outlives that time by virtue of just being a dman good album.
buy it.
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0 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Epitomises britpop excess, 13 Aug 2003
This review is from: A Maximum High (Audio CD)
Shed Seven should be the figurehead band of Britpop in retrospect. A mediocre, slightly tuneful, in it for the money kind of a band who found popularity in the proliferation of the Britpop label policy. On Standby, and Bully Boy are reasonably good pop songs, but elsewhere the band seem weighed down by a sense of their own importance, as on the title track. The excessive good will of those years obviously extended to the charts, where people began to attribute these average records with inappropriate monikers like 'classic', and ruled Shed Seven to have, like, 'talent'.
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