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Best Album of 2005,
This review is from: A Certain Trigger (Audio CD)
What an album!
Before I begin, I have to say this is my album of 2005. I thought the new Franz, Kaisers, Arctics, Gorillaz, Coldplay, Goldfrapp & Hard-Fi albums were ALL excellent and deserve to be mentioned, but 'A Certain Trigger' po-go bounced out of nowhere to the top of my list.
It's been a fantastic year for British music and Maximo Park deserve their slice of the spotlight. Their sound is high-tempo, melodic and slightly punky new-wave. The album kicks off with the feint sound of a simple yet fuel injected beat of drums building louder and louder on Signal & Sign. Cue Stranglers sounding keyboard and Paul Smith's fantastic geordie vocals and A Certain Trigger sets the bar from where it never falls.
Each track has so much energy, passion and is so well crafted it's hard to fault a single one. The recording is fantastic and captures a raw live feel to the album. You will have probably heard 'Apply Some Pressure' or 'Graffiti', but I assure you they are NOT the tip of the iceberg. Tracks like 'Postcard Of A Painting', 'I Want You To Stay', 'Limassol' and 'Once, A Glimpse' are all as good, if not better than the released singles.
Each track has a perfect blend of tempo, melody and sheer passion that you can't help but fall in love with this album.
If you want to hear something that's both fresh & energetic, then look no further. This album hasn't moved from my Hi-Fi at home or iPod on my way to work.
Championed only it seems, by Zane Lowe & Jo Whiley on Radio 1 it's a mystery to me why they are so underratted. This in itself is no bad thing as over exposure in the media can make a band crash and burn.
Do yourself a favour and get your hands on this fantastic album. It's pure joy!