- Summary: Political issues influenced the fourth album from the indie rock band and was produced by Gil Norton.
- Record Label: V2 Records
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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Jun 26, 2012After being left pretty disappointed "Quicken The Heart", this latest record delivers the quality and quantity of up tempo brilliance I saw in their debut album, composed with some wondrous song writing and pace shifting.
The National Health contains what is arguably the best Maximo Park track Paul Smith has ever written in "The Undercurrents", as well as another particularly stand out track in "Banlieue" - which perfectly combines Maximo Park's historic modern rock prowess, with their more recent electronic emphasis.
Whilst it won't be held in the same reverence as "A Certain Trigger", for me personally it is easily their second greatest accomplishment, and a brilliant record.… Expand
Jun 19, 2012When Maximo Park began making waves amidst a sea of indie guitar bands, with 'A Certain Trigger', they seemed to defy their relative awkwardness with an unending energy that made them a new and exciting band. Some of the lyrics were undeniably angular compared to the blander offerings of their contemporaries but that didn't detract from their charm even if it did hold them back from higher sales. The simple truth is that the tunes were there, and surely they'd grow into the role as their crowds grew bigger?
Each subsequent album has done its best to shake that certainty. Something from the less-than-stellar review in the NME of 'Our Earthly Pleasures' sticks in the mind.. where a recurring theme "seems to be, er, town and country planning." The 'Park haven't stuck to this sole obsession but nevertheless, the tunes have become blander, the lyrics more awkward and inaccessible, the themes colder. They don't sound like they're really having fun and neither does this listener. Maximo Park have gone from being a favourite band to one that seems stubbornly insistent on occupying the rare genre (at the time of writing at least) of the geek chic that just isn't cool.
'The National Health' is unfashionable, without clear vision and defiantly impossible to like - perhaps like a pair of NHS glasses then, suiting the album's title to a T. You almost get the sense that the band would be happy with that comparison, but it only makes me miss 'A Certain Trigger' all the more.… Expand
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