Average User Score: 8.0Jun 26, 2012After being left pretty disappointed "Quicken The Heart", this latest record delivers the quality and quantity of up tempo brilliance I saw inAfter 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
Average User Score: 7.4Jun 7, 2011One of the most underrated rock albums of the generation, Winning Days should have been the record that installed The Vines as one theOne of the most underrated rock albums of the generation, Winning Days should have been the record that installed The Vines as one the definitive rock bands of the 2000's.
Sadly the victim of unfounded press backlash, The Vines suffered at the very hands of those who had fostered the hype surrounding their debut effort "Highly Evolved".
Admittedly, Winning Days never reaches the level of brilliance seen in Highly Evolved (tracks like "Evil Town" are bordering on abysmal) but it is still an outstanding album in its own right - featuring sweet melodic perfection in softer tracks like "Rainfall", "Amnesia" and "Sun Child". The title track "Winning Days" finishes with an uplifting flourish unmatched by any of their previous recordings, and songs like "Animal Machine" and the crowd (and advertising) favourite "Ride" retain the high energy rock edge that gave The Vines their initial reputation, lending themselves brilliantly to live performance.
The problem I saw with this album's initial reception, is that most media critics were looking for an album stacked with 12 versions of Get Free, Outtathaway and Ride - often describing Winning Days as "bland". In this ignorant and oblivious process, they missed out on the genius within this album of melodic accomplishment.
A great album overall.… Expand