Maxïmo Park – Nature Always Wins (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 44:35 minutes | 590 MB | Genre: Indie Pop, Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Prolifica Inc.
When Maxïmo Park scissor-kicked their way on to the indie scene in the mid-’00s alongside the likes of Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, The Rakes, Franz Ferdinand and fellow north-east rivals The Futureheads, they came armed with a debut album crammed full of killer pop tunes.
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Back then frontman Paul Smith was a bowling bookworm of energy, documenting his quest for romance in the face of rejection on 2005’s ‘A Certain Trigger’. Over the last 15 years, the Newcastle five-piece have managed to evolve with the times, tipping their trilby to classic synth pop (‘Too Much Information’) and ’80s funk on their last album, 2017’s ‘Risk To Exist’.
While their indie-pop reputation has remained relatively intact despite the departure of two members, the Geordie misfits have never quite recaptured the poetic punch of that first record. Until now. In ‘Nature Always Wins’, the trio, come bounding back with a pop sizzling firecracker of an album. Fist-pumping comeback single ‘All Of Me’ has already come kung fu kicking out of the blocks with its driving Killers-style synth line and hook-laden chorus, which finds Smith in fine voice as he declares: “This song is where you belong / This is all of me / If I can’t include you / If art is apart / Well then I disagree“.
1. Maxïmo Park – Partly Of My Making
2. Maxïmo Park – Versions Of You
3. Maxïmo Park – Baby, Sleep
4. Maxïmo Park – Placeholder
5. Maxïmo Park – All Of Me
6. Maxïmo Park – Ardour
7. Maxïmo Park – Meeting Up
8. Maxïmo Park – Why Must A Building Burn?
9. Maxïmo Park – I Don’t Know What I’m Doing
10. Maxïmo Park – The Acid Remark
11. Maxïmo Park – Feelings I’m Supposed To Feel
12. Maxïmo Park – Child Of The Flatlands