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on 16 October 2010
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.