Quicken The Heart - Maxïmo Park
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  • Summary: The third album for the English indie rock quintet.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. You know everything is going to be OK within seconds of the surging, tidal riffs of ‘Wraithlike’, and what follows is simply a fine-tuning of what the Park have done before.
  2. Throughout the course of Quicken the Heart, Maximo Park prove they still haven’t rectified their quivering post-punk with the anthems they are concurrently and desperately trying to craft. But despite that conflict, they can still occasionally pull it together long enough to bang out some good ones.
  3. 70
    Quicken The Heart has allowed Maximo Park to showcase all their strengths, some harder, more distorted anthems, and some gentler, livelier ballads.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. Quicken The Heart, however, goes nowhere new and hardly bests its predecessor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. georgen
    May 26, 2009
    9
    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. Collapse
  2. JeffB
    Jun 6, 2009
    3
    Very disappointing.