Newcastle's finest return with the same intense punk racket they're known for, but with something of a twist. The jerky guitars are replaced by big thrashy ones, and a giddy keyboard line pumps the whole mess full of electricity.
Paul Smith's lyrics veer from arch and self-referencing to heartfelt at the drop of a ubiquitous hat. You'll be hard pressed to find a better, more satirical and self-deprecating lyric than "I buy books/I never read/And then I'll tell you some more about ME!"
You hear a lot about the "difficult second album" but if the album is full of joyous romps like this then methinks it won't be a problem for Maximo Park.
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