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4.3 out of 5 stars
A Maximum High
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on 30 November 1999
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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on 28 September 2000
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 25 November 2014
Until recently, Shed Seven were just a name I remember from the Britpop era to me. With the exception of the top ten single, 'Going For Gold' (included here) they failed to really register any major U.K. hit singles and instead earned the reputation of being one of those 'cult bands'. Most of the groups singles charted but only stuck around for two or three weeks in the lower reaches of the listings...

Well, having recently discovered this album, I can understand both why the group were a 'cult dish' and why they failed to really hit the big time. The problem in general with their material is that most of it sounds rather uncomfortably like a cross between The Smiths/ Morrissey and Oasis. Oddly, however, though this is true the Shed's songs are not as immediate or commercial as either of those acts and so 'Oasis clones' like 'Getting Better' take a few spins to really appreciate. This all said, I think old Mozzer would be quite proud of the boys 'pastiches' of his lyrical prowess! There are some nice, poetic lyrical moments here and the rocky edge to The Smiths 'jingly-jangly guitar sound' actually works quite well with the material. Thankfully, the bands lead vocalist is less whiney than Liam of Oasis and so overall the marriage of the two styles is a harmonious one.

How big would the Sheds would have been had it NOT been for The Smiths & Oasis? Well, that's anyone's guess but what is certain is that 'Maximum High' is a worthy, if perhaps unoriginal, addition to any Britpop lovers collection...
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on 4 May 2017
Prompted by the tabloid baiting 'Harrygate' scandal { that bloke from One Direction allegedly ripping off the picture cover of Shed Seven's 'Ocean Pie' single }, I returned to 'Maximum High' for a long overdue listen, having not aired it for sometime. Unfairly singled out as whipping boys for a fickle music press bored with Britpop, the 'Sheds' really deserved better and reacquainting myself with this album it's clear that while they were probably what the 'Lurkers' were to the 'Clash', that's nothing to be ashamed of. With strong and memorable singles on board such as 'Getting Better' and the anthemic 'Going for Gold', this is a solid set of songs with the two fingered salute to tormentors everywhere 'Bully Boy', and the epic finale of 'Parallel Lines worthy of extra mention. Still treading the boards and tearing up the motorways, fair play to 'em I say and if you haven't heard this in a while then dig it out again. You may be pleasantly surprised...
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 12 September 2013
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 respectively. 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 feel-good rock music.
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on 13 January 2018
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on 31 July 2017
Top album top band
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on 13 August 2003
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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on 15 February 2016
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on 7 December 2015
Decent album great live band
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