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I love the band, but this is unnecessary
on 29 December 2005
I will start this review by saying I love Maximo Park. Their debut, A Certain Trigger, is a classic.
And this is, frankly, rubbish. It's a compilation of previously released B-Sides and demos previously avaliable only on British-released singles. Now, normally with most bands this isn't that bad but the b-sides on this album are notably poor, each being weaker than every single track on A Certain Trigger. There isn't a single track on the album I would regard as "must have" or, unfortunately, "decent" with most being barrel-scraping not-so-aceness.
I can only conclude this is a way of Warp Records getting the maximum out of this cash cow, which is rather cynical but I can see no other reason why this would be be released.
One spark is that the 3 demo tracks are truely great but don't differ enough from the final product to justify the cost. Indeed, the reason I like them is because they are marginally different versions of songs I know and love already.
Save your cash unless you are a completest.