A Certain Trigger - Maxïmo Park
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  • Summary: A somewhat unusual signing for Warp Records, the guitar-oriented Maximo Park (who sound not unlike a cross between the Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand) make their full-length debut with this Paul Epworth-produced disc.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Most of A Certain Trigger's album tracks sound like singles waiting to be discovered.
  2. The high points are so fantastic that their missteps are easily forgiven.
  3. Where Maximo Park depart from [The Futureheads'] formula lies in their brighter, bouncier sound and more traditional vocal approach. [#10, p.112]
  4. It remains an awfully good first effort, and the boys clearly have some exciting ideas - not enough to fill the entire disc, but exciting nonetheless.
  5. As much as a lot of the tracks are just bluster + accent + guitars, there are some melodies hidden along the way and the bluster + accent + guitars here are better than those pimped by the likes of The Others and Kaiser Chiefs and so on and so forth.
  6. As formulaic and boring a rock album as you’re likely to hear in 2005.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Sep 1, 2013
    I just don't agree with the reviews of some publications, this album is fun, witty and energetic. The whole aesthetic is spot on and the tone is perfect. Maximo keep up the pace and intrigue throughout. Expand
  2. Feb 26, 2011
    Great lyrics, great rhythm and great spirit. A Certain Trigger is one of those energetic albums you listen to and just gets amazed. And just like GabrielP said there below... there's certainly Pulp and Smiths in it. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2012
    Nice debut record from Northern UK Indie rockers. Lyrically the frontman fancies himself as a bit of an Oscar Wilde. At times this works well but occasionally it just gets on your nerves. For the most part on this record it adds something different to the band. There are plenty of catchy hooks present throughout and there are some really great tracks on here, especially the singles that came off it. Having said that, the non single track "Acrobat" is one of my favourite tracks from it. These guys really died a death after this though. They had a style that is quite likable to begin for one album but kind of gets old quick on their other albums. Expand

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