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. rossg
    Aug 26, 2005
    A raw performance worthy of dancing like a rock star on any occasion
  2. Annie
    Jul 19, 2005
    I absolutely LOVED this album, stumbled upon them by accident and fell in love completely. This is defo my album of 2005 and im so glad i found it-listen and make up your own minds but as a hot young(22) woman in a crappy town i feel they soaked up everything that relates to me so so so so well :-) 10 out of 10, they make it their own :-) Well Done lads cant wait for a tour xx Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jul 26, 2005
    A great album, all of the songs are catchy. Definitely one of my favorite albums of the year.
  4. GabrielP
    Jul 30, 2005
    First time I listened "A Certain Trigger" I thought 'Yeah, this sounds like The Smiths'. Second time: 'Yeah, this guy sings like Jarvis Cocker'. Third time: 'But the whole album sounds like The Jam'. The pleasure of listen three of my favorite bands (Pulp, The Smiths, The Jam) in only one can be explained easily. Creative lyrics, that makes me remember Pulp's "Different Class" topics on songs like 'Apply Some Pressure' and 'The Night I Lost My Head', make the whole album a different (new) option on the world of (post) post punk. Bloc Party's five minutes of fame has gone. The time is now for Maxïmo Park. Expand
  5. JerryL
    Jul 8, 2005
    Not quite as relentless as the Futureheads debut, but a fine album nonetheless. My only gripe is with the production, which could be a bit more polished - the frayed edges and clipped vocals help propel the majority of tracks here, but detract from others. Still, a great debut album which shows great promise of what lies ahead. Expand
  6. mattj
    Aug 25, 2006
    some very high highs combined with bits that dont quite come off, full of charm and energy.
  7. tim
    May 10, 2007
    More proof that 2005 went down as the worst year in music history.

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