ALBUM REVIEW: Maximo Park – Nature Always Wins | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 26.02.21







A reinvention of sorts, Nature Always Wins draws on more classic musical references than previous albums, perhaps not surprisingly with Ben Allen (Deerhunter) brought in as producer. Versions Of You is the first big Maximo Park melody, while some abstract BVs from Pauline Murray (on the punky Futureheads-esque Ardour) add an unexpected twist.

Familiar themes of relationships and belonging persist but All Of Me, Ardour and a lush Meeting Up are as good as any three track run by the band. The melodic dystopia on Feelings I’m Supposed To Feel reminds us they can also do downbeat beautifully too, and suddenly the odd neo-psych of Child Of The Flatlands makes much more sense at the end of what could be their most coherent record yet.


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