Risk To Exist’ sees Maximo Park on blistering form, bringing together their trademark hook-laden melodies and sense of urgency with off-kilter rock, soulful grooves and pop sensibilities. Informed by the dire state of world affairs in 2016 and crumbling political systems, their latest body of work is a vital record for our times. ‘Risk To Exist’ was co-produced by Tom Schick (Wilco, Beck, White Denim) and Maximo Park. Keen for the inspiration of unfamiliar surroundings after writing the album in their native North-East, the band decamped to Wilco’s studio, The Loft in Chicago, in Autumn 2016. Recorded completely live, the recording represents another bold stylistic step for the band after 2014’s Top 10 ‘Too Much Information’. Maximo Park have also enlisted Mimi Parker from acclaimed US band Low for the record, whose voice lends its inimitable warmth to five album tracks, including lead single ‘Risk To Exist’. With 1,500,000 albums and four UK Top 10 albums under their belt to date, Maximo Park have once again shifted seamlessly into a higher gear. They have expertly crafted an infectious pop album for our time, confronting the crucial issues track by track, one monstrous hook at a time.
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says:
Having all the melodic leanings of their previous efforts but with a lucidity and maturity that seeps into every neon-tinged chorus and beautifully engineered chord progression, Risk To Exist sounds like a band at ease with their forte. Confidently accomplished and brilliantly conceived anthems all-round.
1. What Did We Do To You To Deserve This?
2. Get High (No, I Don't)
3. What Equals Love?
4. Risk To Exist
5. I'll Be Around
6. Work And Then Wait
7. The Hero
8. The Reason I Am Here
9. Make What You Can
10. Respond To The Feeling
Disc: 2 (COOKCD654X Only)
1. Sharp Tongue (Bonus Track)
2. A Brief Dream (Bonus Track)
3. All Been Done Before (Bonus Track)
4. Work And Then Wait (Acoustic Version)
5. Risk To Exist (Acoustic Version)
6. Get High (No, I Don’t) (Acoustic Version)
7. I'll Be Around (Piano Version)