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The fantastic “Wraithlike” opens Maxïmo Park’s third album with a burst of energy that feels like Roxy Music infused with the high-spirited pop-punk of Supergrass—the track is one of the Maxïmo Park's strongest. Quicken the Heart producer Nick Launay (whose impressive career spans the decades, from PiL and The Slits to Grinderman and Yeah Yeah Yeahs) brings just the right amount of edge to the band's sound. Where its previous release, Our Earthly Pleasures, aimed for shinier pop tones, here the band digs down for a darker, slightly grittier feel. The rubbery bass and menacing vibe of “The Penultimate Clinch” is as memorable as the best of The Stranglers, and even the single “The Kids Are Sick Again” has a certain darkness, with grating guitars and oscillating keys pumping up Smith’s lyrics about suburban boredom. From the delightfully sharp guitars on tracks like “Calm” and “In Another World” to the sentimental and romantic “Questing Not Coasting” (“I need to connect to you now!” Smith wails), Quicken the Heart is a real pleaser, harking back to the earliest sounds of this great English band.

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Familiar, yet undeniably enjoyable!

This drastically underated band have returned with an album even more infectious than the previous two, in what seems like a final bid to gain the success they so rightly deserve. Yet while it is very familiar to the previous two with just a slight difference in that more synth is included- It is still undeniably a riot with hooks coming out from every corner and Paul Smiths brilliant lyrics shining through . Highlights so far are Wraithlike, In Another World, Lets Get Clinical and the brilliant Penultimate Clinch with its deliberate pinch! Don't let this band go unnoticed for any longer, they are definitely here to stay.

Another great album!!

Maximo park have done it again!! The ep "the kids are sick again" was a clue as to how great this album was going to be. It is mantains maximos signature catchiness, while at the same time adding something new to please fans new and old a like. Its not quite as high tempo as there previous albums, the songs take longer to build up to a franatic climax, while the band seem to have matured with the lyrics being really quite deep in place. Overall a fantastic addition to anybodies music collection.


I can't believe what I've been hearing form some reviews. Are you really so shallow in your music taste? Yes A Certain Trigger may be the most appealing to the ears on first listen, maybe as background music. But Our Earthly Pleasures, and Quicken The Heart, are deep beyond belief. You can tell that Paul has poured his heart into these songs, and the band have put much more effort into songs that do nowhere near as some of the generic, boring, samey songs I hear on the radio day in day out. I just want to say this is one of the best albums I have ever heard, and could easily overtake Our Earthly Pleasures as my favourite album of all time. 'Calm' is genius by the way.


Formed: 2001 in Newcastle, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Newcastle's angular pop quintet Maxïmo Park consists of singer Paul Smith, guitarist Duncan Lloyd, bassist Archie Tiku, keyboardist Lukas Wooller, and drummer Tom English. Like their friends and neighbors the Futureheads and Field Music, Maxïmo Park craft smart, sharply catchy songs inspired by post-punk and new wave legends like the Jam, XTC, Wire, and the Smiths. Lloyd, Tiku, Wooller, and English formed the band as an avant rock, largely instrumental group, taking their name from a meeting place...
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