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“Where do we go from here?” Maxïmo Park’s Paul Smith asks at the start of Too Much Information as though weighing up his band’s chances five albums into a career that peaked with the first one, 2005’s Mercury Prize-nominated A Certain Trigger.
But the Newcastle veterans don’t sound defeated. Their new album has a relaxed and confident air, tempering the jumpy post-punk revivalism of their early days with forays into Smiths pastiche (“Lydia, the Ink Will Never Dry”), brooding synth-pop (“Brain Cells”) and epic alt-rock balladry (“Midnight on the Hill”).
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