Quicken The Heart

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: May 12, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. While Quicken the Heart isn't bad, its slide into the nondescript is certainly disappointing.
  2. They will remain a formidable live proposition, but Maximo Park's third album has to go down as a disappointment--especially given the band's previous high standards.
  3. Quicken the Heart sticks rigidly to their formula of nervy rhythms and angular guitars.
  4. Quicken The Heart represents Maximo Park settling into a rut, albeit an intermittently attractive one.
  5. There’s an unshakeable feeling that they’re going through the motions a bit too frequently and that this represents a step backwards for a once fresh and exciting band. Unfortunately, it seems the curse of the third album may have struck again.
  6. Mojo
    There are perky alt-pop nuggests aplenty here, so it's a shame the momentum can't be maintained. [Jun 2009, p.96]
  7. Q Magazine
    Essentially, the Hollywood sunshine hasn't changed them. This is probably best, as Smith's eccentricities still elevate Maximo Park above the guitar-pop herd. [Jun 2009, p.128]
  8. Uncut
    There's nothing here as good as 'Nosebleed,' the standout from 2007's "Our Earthly Pleasures"--but there are still some good points here. [Jun 2009, p.92]
  9. Maximo Park’s third LP, Quicken The Heart, is equally reassuring--sometimes to the point of tedium.
  10. The painstaking introspection here seems to stem from a need to use their success and exposure to deliver some definitive, U2-sized message when really they're so much more relatable when they're awkwardly sorting out their psychological messes on the fly.
  11. For an album that so readily cruises along on autopilot, the absence of a satisfying lyrical presence keeps it resolutely sandwiched in the middle of the pile.
  12. Maximo Park haven’t failed with this third LP, not at all--it’s just that they haven’t done much of anything.
  13. Under The Radar
    Flashes of brilliance remain, but consistency has not yet been achieved. [Summer 2009, p.68]
  14. Quicken The Heart, however, goes nowhere new and hardly bests its predecessor.
  15. It feels as if Smith is drawing from long-gone, innocent, pre-fame events in his life, but as they recede, his stance becomes more wistful and increasingly confused. The music, unfortunately, follows suit.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. JeffB
    Jun 6, 2009
    Very disappointing.
  2. georgen
    May 26, 2009
    Pop melodies and catchy riffs ain't really that bad. You can sing along or just listen to the whole album with the same interest from Pop melodies and catchy riffs ain't really that bad. You can sing along or just listen to the whole album with the same interest from start to end. Full Review »