Maximo Park – Risk To Exist (2017) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Maximo Park – Risk To Exist (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:28 minutes | 461 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Daylighting

Alternative pop experts Maxïmo Park have released their sixth studio album, ‘Risk To Exist’. The new album sees Maxïmo Park on blistering form, bringing together their trademark hook-laden melodies and sense of urgency with off-kilter rock, soulful grooves and pop sensibilities. Informed by the dire state of world affairs in 2016 and crumbling political systems, their latest body of work is a vital record for our times.

Even when it hasn’t been fashionable to be political, Maximo Park have never shied away from sharing their views on albums like 2012’s National Health. Half-a-decade later, the state of the world made stating their opinions on issues like the refugee crisis and wage inequality not just natural, but imperative. Though a lot of politically minded music suffers from being too literal or preachy, for the most part Maximo Park avoid both pitfalls on Risk to Exist, an album whose best moments are anthemic without being strident. These include the surprisingly joyous title track, which sounds like it could’ve appeared on A Certain Trigger and was released as a single benefitting the refugee charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS). “Alchemy,” meanwhile, is a tender reminder that love is still important — maybe even more so — when the world resembles a dystopian novel come to life. Musically, Risk to Exist borrows from ’80s new wave, subverting the sounds of the Me Decade with altruistic sentiments on songs like “What Equals Love?” while “The Hero” sets lyrics inspired by the 1960 film Rocco and His Brothers to a disco-inspired backdrop. Occasionally, Risk to Exist gets a little overbearing, but more often than not, the band makes respecting others (“Work and Then Wait,” “Make What You Can”) and doing the right thing (“Respond to the Feeling”) sound catchy. Thanks to the sincerity and strong melodies that have been Maximo Park’s mainstays since the beginning, Risk to Exist combines good intentions with good music. ~ Heather Phares

01 – What Did We Do to You to Deserve This?
02 – Get High (No, I Don’t)
03 – What Equals Love?
04 – Risk to Exist
05 – I’ll Be Around
06 – Work and Then Wait
07 – The Hero
08 – The Reason I Am Here
09 – Make What You Can
10 – Respond to the Feeling
11 – Alchemy