Released in mid-2005, Maximo Park's A CERTAIN TRIGGER missed the initial round of the New Wave revival sparked by the runaway success of Franz Ferdinand's debut. Although it would be easy to dismiss Maximo Park as merely an act late to the party, the English ensemble filters its post-punk influences inventively, utilizing the style as a loose blueprint rather than a rigid template. Though Maximo Park signed to the renowned electronica label Warp, musically, the band is often aligned with the energetic, guitar-heavy attack of the Futureheads. Lyrically, however, the group is less playful and more sullen, making its closest contemporaries the emotive quartet Bloc Party. While a few tracks here immediately jump out (most notably the incredibly catchy "Apply Some Pressure" and the gloriously chiming "Postcard of a Painting"), the entire album is remarkably consistent, and reveals its subtleties upon repeated listens. Even those jaded by the early-2000s neo-New Wave onslaught should be pleasantly surprised by A CERTAIN TRIGGER.
Uncut (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]here's a romantic soul at play. Frontman Paul Smith loves the dejections of the north as much as role model Jarvis Cocker."
CMJ (No. 914, p.4) - "These five lads resurect the trembling, trebly power chords and literate sensibilities of bands like Wire and the Fall...Maximo Park's brand of guitar pop is distinctly British and pogo-ready..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he Geordie five-piece's inspired and eccentric debut deserves to catapult them well ahead of their Scottish peers..."