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Maximo Park Our Earthly Pleasures

Of the angular, poppy, post-punk bands spawned from England's Northwest lately, Maximo Park always seemed the likely lads to make it; the band is fluidly able to combine interesting rhythms and sounds with instantly accessible pop hooks. But on A Certain Trigger, Maximo seemed to be holding out on us. Obviously they were: "Our Velocity," Our Earthly Pleasures' first single, is like a speeding, Northern Nirvana-slick production and poppy synths belying fresh, furious rawness. There are other great moments-like the shift from angles to anthem on "A Fortnight's Time." Even Pleasures' lower points are flecked with specks of greatness.

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