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Nature Always Wins

Maxïmo Park

Nature Always Wins

Seventh album of post-punk indie rock from the Newcastle-based band and first as a trio produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter)

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  1. 9.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    It is safe to say that the group can look back on this record with a lot of pride as they have overcome the challenges of a global pandemic, the departure of a long-serving member and an extreme lack of live music opportunities
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  2. 8.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    A rich, passionate and clever album that, even if it ends up being underrated, deserves full attention and praise
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The optimism is possibly the result of all band members becoming fathers
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    Maxïmo Park remain unabashedly heartfelt, and by staying true to this on Nature Always Wins, they deliver some of their finest songs in a while
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  5. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Together with the slimmed down line-up, Nature Always Wins feels like the start of a new chapter for Maxïmo Park. They’ve always been better than a ‘landfill indie’ punchline, and they prove it in spades on their seventh album
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  6. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    One of their most ambitious and affecting records yet
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  7. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s the sound of Maximo Park not so much maturing, as it is them evolving
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    The Geordie misfits return with joyful pop songs and introspective anthems aplenty on their seventh studio album
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    A band whose early commercial ubiquity shouldn’t obscure the continued creative vitality of their work, Maximo Park open a fresh era with some of their finest work in a decade
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  10. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Here is a band reaching full maturity and fulness of form. If you’ve never given Maxïmo Park a listen before, this is the time to start
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  11. 7.0 |   DIY

    There’s no upturning of the band’s musical blueprint, but their social conscience has earned them a third act
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Parenthood proves just another phase in Maximo Park's stubborn stand for empathy and learning through rock'n'roll. Print edition only

  13. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It feels like the band are on the precipice of what they can achieve with this kind of song writing. 15 years in, Maximo Park sound at their most alive when they are learning about themselves
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