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Our Earthly Pleasures [UK Bonus Tracks]
1. Girls Who Play Guitars
2. Our Velocity
3. Books from Boxes
4. Russian Literature
5. Karaoke Plays
6. Your Urge
7. Unshockable, The
8. By the Monument
10. Fortnight's Time, A
11. Sandblasted and Set Free
12. Parisian Skies
13. Pride Before a Fall - (Bonus Track)
14. Distance Makes - (Bonus Track)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 155
Gil Norton; Duncan Lloyd; Gil Norton
Adrian Bushby; Duncan Lloyd; Adrian Bushby
Maxmo Park: Paul Smith (vocals); Duncan Lloyd (guitars); Archis Tiku (bass instrument); Tom English (drums); Lukas Wooller.
Personnel: Paul "Scooby" Smith (vocals); Duncan Lloyd (guitar); Laura Reid, Duchess Nell Catchpole (strings); Lukas Wooller (keyboards).
Additional personnel: Laura Reid (strings); Duchess Nell Catchpole.
Audio Mixers: Gil Norton; Adrian Bushby.
Recording information: Dr. Robert's; Elipse Studios, Newcastle, England.
Like fellow British post-punk revivalists Bloc Party and the Futureheads, Maximo Park followed up its Paul Epworth-produced debut with a more expansive sound and a different man behind the boards. On 2007's OUR EARTHLY PLEASURES, the Newcastle quintet enlisted veteran producer Gil Norton (best known for his work with the Pixies) to reinforce its already solid, tightly wound approach. While Norton's presence doesn't drastically change Maximo Park's wiry, restless aesthetic, it does lend some extra heft to the fierce opener, "Girls Who Play Guitars," and the pulsing, keyboard-driven "Our Velocity," a tune that fully showcases vocalist Paul Smith's passionate croon and the group's knack for crafting memorable hooks. And although Modest Mouse may have actually scored Johnny Marr as a member, "Books from Boxes" features shimmering guitar lines that recall the former Smiths six-stringer's signature tone, resulting in one of the most affecting tunes on PLEASURES. Though the record isn't quite as consistent as A CERTAIN TRIGGER, its high points, which include all of the aforementioned tracks, are undeniably compelling, and hold great promise for Maximo Park's longevity.
Rolling Stone (p.62) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The U.K. indie band's second album has beefed-up sound and increasingly brilliant, not-at-all-pretentious gems like 'Girls Who Play Guitars'..."
Spin (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Maximo Park bring plenty of recognizable spark and smarts to their second album....The record barely pauses for breath..."
Q (p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Sandblasted And Set Free' indicates a welcome broadening of their musical palette."
Alternative Press (p.149) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are flashes of retro-flavored, spirit-of-'79 brilliance, including Duncan Lloyd's spy-versus-spy guitars on 'The Unshockable'..."
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