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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Thanks for coming by', 31 May 2009
This review is from: Quicken the Heart (Audio CD)
It was 4 years ago when i bought A Certain Trigger followed by securing tickets to Maximo Park on the NME tour who headlined above The Mystery Jets, The Arctic Monkeys and We are scientists at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, what a night of sheer energy and stage prowess that Mr Smith always injects throughout each album that Maximo Park have brought out.

Being in my top 5 favourite bands, I wanted to assess this album with no blinkers affecting my judgement from the previous offerings. It features short tracks many on 3 mins, if you have an extra £1 you can get the DVD version with a brilliant live show of the 1st and 2nd album tracks a visual treat.

Quicken The Heart

What can i say, an absolutely wonderful album that maintains Paul Smiths, accent-led emotional lyrics, the single The Kids are Sick again, opens with the strong synth beat, which then takes itself back a peg, to build up, a style that Maximo Park often like to do in more lyric focussed songs.

This is followed by fantastic track cloud of mystery, which has a fantastic sing along chorus, it is such a catchy song that fans will be re-aquainted early on in the album, this is my favourite song on the album.

The spacey and light intro to Calm, builds into a rock quality tune, its almost like a cross between books from boxes and limassol, but when it kicks in it is a tremendous energetic yet passionate song.

In another world, is more reflective of A certain trigger and is a more linear song structure

Roller Disco Dreams is my second favourite song on the album, it opens with a slightly menacing intro then builds into a wonderfully light and poppy sound with the chorus 'If its a grower, lets take things slower' as for extra effect in his accent which gives it that more believable emotional attachment

The new up coming single Questing, no coasting, is a outstanding song that builds and builds then Paul sings tremendously well in this, my favourite part is the crescendo moment with the lyrics go:

'Thanks for coming by, on such a dreadful night, a net curtain flashes, outside the rain it lashes, frozen stardust falls, wide eyes can see it all'

This is Maximo Park at their best

Positives

Tracks The Kids are Sick again, Cloud of Mystery, Calm, Roller Disco Dreams and Questing, No coasting are the stand out tracks on this album

Great synths and the accent/lyric passion is present as ever

Does not sound 'commercial'

Fanatics will lap this up and will immediately be pleased

Negatives

Will take a couple of listens

at 37 mins the album is quite short and left me wanting more, i dont think i can wait 2 years for that, this is why i suggest getting the DVD version.
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