A Certain Trigger
by Melissa Mueller
Maximo Park isn’t aiming to take itself too seriously with A Certain Trigger and the result is good old fashioned rock and roll. With lyrics like, “I’ll do graffiti if you sing to me in French” how can anyone resist?
Produced by Paul Epworth, who has also worked with power pop band The Futureheads, A Certain Trigger is an elegy of broken relationships, sexual frustration, and British humor all rolled into one. “Apply Some Pressure” sounds like a nod to David Bowie as lead singer Paul Smith sings, “I’d like to wait to see how things turn out/If you apply some pres-sure!” The resemblance to Bowie and Queen’s “Under Pressure” appears evident, but with amusing lyrics: “I must confess/I would like to be caught stealing.”
Impending future hit “Graffiti” will fit along nicely on radio stations, but the best track on the record by far is the infectious “Going Missing.” Don’t be fooled by the lackluster beginning, for Smith will soon catch your ears with his contagious line, “I should just regret it, regret it, regret it,” Smith sings of reminiscent regrets as he laments “I’m going missing for awhile/I’ve got nothing left to lose/Oh; I’ll listen to anything.” The band takes an odd turn with “Acrobat” as electronic beats hum in the background among spoken word poetry by Smith. The album never slows down.
A Certain Trigger is an album loaded with radio-friendly, fun singles without any extreme rhythmical depth. If you are looking for a fun catchy rock record or long for the older days of classic rock, this record will suit you perfectly.