MAXIMO PARK
Our Earthly Pleasures

[Warp Records, www.warprecords.com]

Has it been two years already since Maximo Park's debut "A Certain Trigger" was released? In between their debut, the band released "Missing Songs", an album of out-takes and b-sides that was as solid as the material on their debut. Now comes that all important second release. "Our Earthly Pleasures" is that much more difficult to digest as this is the first time I've felt disappointed with the band's material. Producer Gil Norton [who already screwed up the Pixies during the early 90's] does a similar job with this band. The edges are cut. The jittery excitement of earlier releases is all but gone. Paul Smith's ultra-speedy vocals are cut to shreds. Now he sounds more or less like he's simply going through the motions. One thing that's not gone is the band is still willing to put together a sound that's rock solid in terms of instrumental fury. Though even that is edged-off and softened. The core of the band is missing. Luckily there are still a few tunes that live up to the band's earlier fury. "Girls Who Play Guitars" has the same pleasing post-punk hyper-activity, while "Russian Literature" is just plain furious. From a lyrical perspective, the songs are strong, maybe even too strong. The details of the band's personal and professional life sometimes detract from what may have been a great batch of fury. Sometimes I'm just not convinced by the way the band expresses themselves through the lyrics. Length of the songs is still around the 3 minute mark, which is ideal for the band's post-punk punch fury. Take away Gil Norton's mediating job on the production and "Our Earthly Pleasures" could've been a great album. As it stands, it's just acceptable.

- Tom Sekowski


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