Friday, February 26, 2021

Papa, do preach

"Don't forget, Maximo Park's 7th album, and 5th 'return to form' in a row, is out tomorrow!" joked frontman Paul Smith on Twitter yesterday. The difference is that Nature Always Wins really is a gem. 

The first six tracks - from fantastic opener 'Partly Of My Making' to the spiky 'Ardour', featuring vocals from Penetration's Pauline Murray - are as strong as anything they've ever done. The birth of Smith's daughter has, appropriately enough, resulted in a creative renaissance, and several songs give voice to anxieties about fatherhood and feelings of total disorientation that are very familiar. "What does the modern world mean to me?" Indeed.

In a very strong week for album releases, the Buzz review round-up also includes reports on records by Blanck Mass, Julien Baker and Lost Horizons, the most recent musical project of former Cocteau Twin and Bella Union label boss Simon Raymonde.

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