Maxïmo Park
Our Earthly Pleasures

Warp
2007
B+
Reviewed by: Ian Mathers
Reviewed on: 2007-04-06



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Posted 04/06/2007 - 05:46:55 PM by florenz6:
 I can only say - my "earthly pleasures" are quiet different, and this is such a boring album!
 
Posted 04/06/2007 - 09:44:21 PM by JohnCameron:
 It does feel somewhat weighted down by the ballad-like material and Gil Norton's production. Say what you will about Paul Epworth but he seems to understand how to bring out a band's sound properly, and his energetic and rambunctious production made Maximo Park's more ambitous moments - such as "Acrobat" - that much more exciting.

But that being said, even if the album is heavy on slow-moving compositions, it also brims with such phenomenal songwriting and, as Mathers noted, promise for the future that it stands up marvelously as a record.
 
Posted 04/07/2007 - 08:17:48 AM by florenz6:
 Sorry, mistake: "I can only say - my "earthly pleasures" are quite different, and this is such a boring album." I can add: they may be a good cover story for fashion music, but there is no single song that will stay in my mind! Similarly boring like the first Strokes album (and the second)!
 
Posted 04/09/2007 - 03:53:26 AM by IanMathers:
 Wow, florenz, I had honestly assumed you liked everything. Hell, you even enjoyed those boring-ass Tom Verlaine albums! It's kind of nice to see you not being unrelentingly positive, even if I think you're being unfair to these guys and the Strokes. John, I did like Epworth's work on the last one, but I'm not sure I think he would have done as well with this material. But then again, I guess for some that's the problem, eh? I'm half interesting in thinking about what both albums would be like if you swapped producers.
 
Posted 04/09/2007 - 11:54:45 AM by florenz6:
 Wow, I had honestly assumed you wouldn´t write such a nonsense, Mr. Mathers! Why should I love everything? Are your mental ressources on holiday? It´s sometimes simply more interesting to give some energy to the great stuff and fill that a bit up with information and other small aspects. By the way, I didn´t like at all the new cd from The Arcade Fire, so that was surely a minority position - got it!? So better keep your boring-ass-assumptions for yourself. Your´re defending the first album of the Strokes - that´s interesting, I know what to think of that (and keep it for myself). And one last point - as a journalist i do get a lot of cds from a lot of all genres every day - most of the music is boring. So, going a bit deeper into the good stuff (from my point of view) does not justify your cheap polemics at all.
 
Posted 04/09/2007 - 11:59:49 AM by florenz6:
 Idiot!
 
Posted 04/09/2007 - 01:07:27 PM by florenz6:
 Grandbanks was right!:)
 
Posted 04/12/2007 - 01:46:29 PM by IanMathers:
 Wow, dude, way to both misinterpret what I was saying and overreact massively. You're normally the cheering section for music (both good and shitty) on Stylus, so it was odd to see you going out of your way to knock an album. It's kind of sad you took my comment as some sort of attack. And please save the 'journalist' crap, it doesn't matter one bit. Plenty of people hear inordinate amounts of music these days.
 
Posted 04/13/2007 - 02:09:46 PM by florenz6:
 Don´t tell me what i have to save or not. The journalist "crap" is nothing I´m showing off with. There are so many idiots among journalists as in any other profession. So this again is a dumb-ass-suggestion, Little Matters!
 
Posted 04/13/2007 - 03:27:21 PM by florenz6:
 But now I have to laugh out loud - writing so much on a comment side that is about a group that could appropriately be called "The Invention of Boredom".
 
Posted 05/10/2007 - 02:40:46 PM by rvincentpeters:
 I don't think this album is half bad. People are dumb.