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Too Much Information

Daylighting/ [PIAS]

 

Back with their fifth studio album, Too Much Information, contemplative Geordie rockers Maximo Park have successfully managed to blend their well-known jerky post-punk production with a new, more mature sound, featuring melodic synths and moody electronics.  Tracks such as Brain Cells and Is it True? conjure up ’80s disco nostalgia, with production more akin to Wild Nothing or Chromatics than expected from a Maximo Park album. The infectious Leave This Island also exemplifies the band’s new direction and instantly strikes you as the track you’ll be hitting repeat on first. My Bloody Mind and Midnight On The Hill hark back to the jumpy sound prevalent in 2012’s The National Health. As we have come to expect from Maximo Park, Paul Smith’s observational lyricism is rife throughout – sometimes witty, sometimes clichéd, but always heartfelt.

 

THEA CARLEY