Maximo Park – Girls Who Play Guitars

The question that must plague every street-cred’ proud band as they make their way down music’s long and rough road. Is how can retain respectability and integrity to their roots and still gain Radio 1 airplay? Yet again, these teetering Teesiders answer it with ease, as Paul Smith’s flighty vocals bounce off a robust and adventurous musical base.

Critics who are quick to point out that this offering doesn’t quite level of previous catchy foray ‘Our Velocity’, simply aren’t paying attention to fuzzy, bass infused ambient detail. This element provides a strong and ear-catching contrast to the endearing flightiness that is scattered around. Maximo Park are still expanding, although they’re keeping close enough to their roots to ensure that new listeners are gained, but old ones are not discarded.

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