Album Review: Maximo Park - Nature Always Wins

Elizabeth Meade reveals her thoughts on the new album 'Nature Always Wins' from Newcastle University alumni and famed indie-rockers Maximo Park.

Elizabeth Meade
8th March 2021
Maximo Park's newest album Nature Always Wins features 12 new songs from the local, Newcastle-based alternative rock group. Touching on themes of life cycles and relationships, the album maintains an upbeat sound while embodying both positive and negative moods.

Most of the songs relate to a struggle or challenge - anxieties about getting older ('Partly of My Making'), understanding new perspectives on life ('All Of Me'), feelings about the world combined with feelings about individuals ('Baby, Sleep' and 'Why Must A Building Burn?'), hard times in a relationship ('Placeholder'), wanting to be liked on social media ('Ardour'), a troublesome family relationship ('I Don't Know What I'm Doing'), an argument ('The Acid Remark') and changes in a small town ('Child of the Flatlands').

Although the album's songs relate well to themes, it's hard to determine its overarching concept, as many lyrics are somewhat confusing and difficult to relate back to the main idea of each song. The upbeat tone makes for good listening but seems incongruous with the subject matter, and even if this is the intention it feels a bit strange to listen to. Overall, though, it's a good album that will be good for plenty of spring and summer listening.

(3/5)

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AUTHOR: Elizabeth Meade
Science sub-ed and Chemistry major. Avid reader. Chaos theorist. Amateur batrachologist and historian. Rock fan. Likes cybersecurity and cooking.

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