By Maximo Park
It's Second Album Syndrome for the class of 2005. So far, The Kaisers and Arcade Fire seem to have done pretty well for themselves, as have the ever outspoken Bloc Party. Thus, there is huge pressure on Maximo Park to deliver with their new album 'Our Earthly Pleasures', the follow-up to their Mercury nominated hit packed debut.
Our Velocity is the lead single. It's as jittery and edgy as ever, starting off as a hyperactive Air and turning into the heaviest thing they've ever done. Perhaps lacking the instant appeal of past hits Apply Some Pressure and Graffiti, it is still a major grower and after a few listens takes its rightful place alongside former glories in the band's musical cannon.
Lyrically, Paul Smith takes a leaf out of Bloc Party's book, with the lines "there is a poison in the air / a mix of chemicals and fear" moving as far away as possible from the innocence of the likes of Going Missing. It's probably too crammed with lyrics to turn into another Graffiti, but it at least shows another side to the band, proving they are fresh and ready to take on the aforementioned syndrome.
As a comeback it's a solid single. Be sure though, that Maximo Park will have more to offer come their 2nd April album release.