I was as shocked as any when supposed to be one-hit wonders and perpetual live disappointments Maximo Park churned out one of my favorite albums of the last few years with A Certain Trigger. I mean these guy seemed 6 months too late in an already crowded post-Killers Brit Pop/Rock surge that never really had that much momentum to begin with once it was all said and done. But sure enough, that album stood out from the crowd and had my ears for for a solid 3 or 4 months and found its way into my top 5 that year. It was a really fantastic album through and through, and I don't think it ever got the credit it deserved because they were nice guys who never started any trouble and eventually got lost in the mix. One of them needs to hook up with a Pipette or beat up Johnny Borrell outside a club or something.
Now, 2 years later, they're finding their way through the second wave of all this stuff, suddenly in a fading post-Arctic Monkeys spotlight and seeming just as lost as ever. Even as they're headlining big tours and getting good press, it still feels like they're a tough band to really make stand out. No matter, I like their new album just fine. Not as much as their last probably, but there are some really really good songs on here. Paul Smith (If that's his real name) has this great vocal delivery that's very specific and visual while still remaining dramatic. A surprisingly difficult combination. I think this here is the best track on the album. The opening line sets the stage for the rest of the song magnificently.
Also, while we're sort of on the subject, Sound Bites has a new Cribs song. Whoa-Oh!
(pic via Johanna Bocher's flickr)