- The politically-tinged lyrics
- Funky basslines
- It's lack of something special
- Everything sounds the same
- The politically-tinged lyrics
- Funky basslines
- It’s lack of something special
- Everything sounds the same
“No, this is not the good old days, what did we do to you to deserve this?” A desperate cry misplaced as hopelessness, underlined by 70’s-influenced funk-infused basslines and minimalistic guitar licks, is the opening sentiment of Maximo Park’s sixth foray into the land of long-playing records, their sharpest since their sophomore supernova, ‘Our Earthly Pleasures’, some ten years ago. It’s important to point this out ahead of this critique, because the subject matter of ‘Risk To Exist’ is as much a social commentary of a disparate wasteland as is the conservatives a reversal of Robin Hood: simply put, this is not an album about the good old days. And yet, ten years ago, Maximo Park were putting out feel-good indie-pop for the mainstream massive against a backdrop not too dissimilar from the one they write against now.
Stripping back their indie-pop-gone-art-rock formula that’s worked wonders for them in the three records since ‘Our Earthly Pleasures’, Maximo Park hark back to the sonically good old days of the mid-noughties synth-pop indie boom, opting to slide in 70’s-inspired basslines that funk you up and get you grooving, with minimalistic waves of jangly guitar licks, as a backdrop to an album so horrifying relevant. Admittedly, yes, the sonic side of ‘Risk To Exist’, from the 2008-aping ‘Get High (No, I Don’t)’ to the keyboard moment of the year (well, album, but we wanted to show the old chap some love) in ‘Make What You Can’, is a little on the safe side, a selection of deliciously irresistible melodies made for harmonies to be hummed, choruses to be chanted, and, well, thoughts to be thought. However, it is in the calming disarray of vocalist Paul Smith’s lyrical laments against the toils of the political system and the state of current affairs that elevates Maximo Park above their cult-indie-hero status to a much more relevant voice-of-the-people status.
A lot of artists these days act as if they are the Albert Einstein’s of politics, deeming themselves activists of the public and taking on the elite of the establishment, often or not falling flat on their face because their disguised lyrics really were just about ex-girlfriends or something of a similar ilk, and yet here, on ‘Risk To Exist’, Smith and co. lay out their honest-to-god thoughts on all things world affairs with a blunt authority, like delivering a knife to the front of you rather than the back. “We will have to make a journey through the eyes of idiots, where every problem in the country is blamed upon the immigrants” spirals out over ironically bass-heavy funk and twangy whammy guitars, the happiest melody for the saddest of statements, and yet the focus of songs such as ‘The Reason I Am Here’ and titular track ‘Risk To Exist’ are simply soliloquys spoken on megaphones: it’s what every single one of us is thinking.
It’s saddening then, that once the statements settle down and the synths simmer and the funk fizzles out, that at its core, ‘Risk To Exist’ is a mediocre meteor designed to burn out before it crashes, before its impact can happen. It’s quality ebbs and flows. It bubbles up and up, boiling into a burst of Blossoms-meets-Klaxons beauty before simmering down into ‘I’ll Be Around’ and a slew of mid-noughties B-side cuts, the ones that didn’t quite make it off of the chopping board. Sonically, the album lacks that special something, that real spice in your life that you need to get you through the night, it’s just not there.
“The talk show talks, and nothing gets done.” Somewhat self-prophesising, Maximo Park plague themselves somewhat with what feels like the talk, without walking the walk. ‘Risk To Exist’ could’ve been the mixture to cement themselves not as cult-heroes of indie’s yesteryear, but as modern-day poets and true-to-the-fight activists of the people, however it falls just short of the mark like Labour and their rehashed diet-tory policies.
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