Sound — 9
Maximo Park could be clumped up with all the other art-rock bands emerging on the british music scene all too easily, but, take the time to look closer at these suave, suited and geeky northerners, and you will discover some of the best new indie around. Paul Smiths' voice meltingly leaks through the harsh keyboards, adding layers and depth to their sound, while the jerky guitars sends even the most nonchalent scenester into a dancing craze.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are as witty as they are realistic to a modern and cynical world. Crippingly honest and brutally telling, you can't hear a Maximo Park song without it in some way reflecting your own life. The band use lyrics that are cold and heartless, but, at the same time sympathetic and revealing. For us student types 'The night I lost my head' is the all too familier scene of the morning after the night before. They show the modern day world to be as it truely is, full of life but empty as hell.
Overall Impression — 10
Don't begin to think Maximo Park are another smug intellectuual band, they simply tell it as it is, the good and the bad. The album makes you want to jump around to their indie thrashing beats and forget all about the essay you had due in tomorrow. The band produces music that is like no other and luckily the irony and sometimes bitterly blissful lyrics, pound into your skull harder than thought of getting up early the next day after a heavy night out.