Quicken the Heart

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Quicken the Heart
Studio album by Maxïmo Park
Released 11 May 2009
Recorded Hesby Street, Los Angeles, October 2008
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock, post-punk revival
Length 37:30
Label Warp (WARP178)
Producer Nick Launay
Maxïmo Park chronology
Our Earthly Pleasures
(2007)
Quicken the Heart
(2009)
The National Health
(2012)
Singles from Quicken the Heart
  1. "Wraithlike"
    Released: 24 March 2009
  2. "The Kids Are Sick Again"
    Released: 4 May 2009
  3. "Questing, Not Coasting"
    Released: 13 July 2009

Quicken the Heart is the third studio album by Maxïmo Park.[1] It was released on 11 May 2009.[2] It debuted at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart.

Album information[edit]

The album is available on vinyl, regular CD, special edition CD and DVD pack and digital download. A t-shirt was also made available with the album. The album was produced by Nick Launay, of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave and Talking Heads production fame.[3]

The special edition contains the regular CD album along with a DVD titled Monument, which features a 68-minute long tour-film taken from the band's sold out show at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena in December 2007, including live performances and exclusive backstage footage. The first 500 special editions purchased through the band's website were sent out signed by one of the band members.

Prior to the album's release, Maxïmo Park released opening track "Wraithlike" as a free download and as a limited edition 7" vinyl single. The vinyl single was limited to 250 copies and was only available at the band's 24 March 2009 free concert in Newcastle.[4] The first proper single from the album was "The Kids Are Sick Again", released 4 May 2009.[5] The second single was "Questing, Not Coasting", released on 13 July 2009.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[7]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars
The Daily Vault (C-)[8]
Drowned in Sound (6/10)[9]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[10]
NME (8/10)[11]
The Observer 2/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10)[13]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[14]
State 2/5 stars[15]

Critical reception for the album was generally mixed. Reviewing the album for Clash magazine, writer Steve Harris commented that "they haven't lost their knack for writing an infectious tune, and the album packs more punch than their previous long-player" and that Maxïmo Park could "become one of the summer's essential bands."[16] Culturedeluxe also gave a largely positive review to the album.[17]

Q magazine awarded the album 3 out of 5 stars, and commented that "Once again, Smith's lyrical camera is in macro mode, scrutinising love's tiny details....Smith's eccentricities still elevate Maxïmo Park above the guitar-pop herd."[18] Paul Smith told Drowned in Sound that "In Another World (You Would've Found Yourself by Now)" is "about feeling self-righteous even though we all have similar primal impulses."[19][20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wraithlike"   Lloyd, Smith 2:29
2. "The Penultimate Clinch"   Lloyd, Smith 2:36
3. "The Kids Are Sick Again"   Lloyd, Smith, Wooller 3:04
4. "A Cloud of Mystery"   Wooller, Smith 3:01
5. "Calm"   Lloyd, Smith 3:07
6. "In Another World (You Would've Found Yourself by Now)"   Lloyd, Smith 2:59
7. "Let's Get Clinical"   Smith, Wooller 3:53
8. "Roller Disco Dreams"   Smith, Lloyd 3:25
9. "Tanned"   Smith 3:35
10. "Questing, Not Coasting"   Lloyd, Smith 3:41
11. "Overland, West of Suez"   Tiku, Wooller, Lloyd, Smith 2:46
12. "I Haven't Seen Her in Ages"   Smith, Lloyd 3:00
UK iTunes-only bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Lost Property"   Lloyd, Smith 3:11
Australian Edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Tales of the Semi-Detached"     1:57

Monument DVD[edit]

  1. "Girls Who Play Guitars"
  2. "Graffiti"
  3. "Our Velocity"
  4. "A Fortnight's Time"
  5. "Parisian Skies"
  6. "I Want You to Stay"
  7. "Karaoke Plays"
  8. "By the Monument"
  9. "The Unshockable"
  10. "Limassol"
  11. "Books from Boxes"
  12. "Acrobat"
  13. "Going Missing"

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak Position
Austrian Albums Chart 58
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 86
Dutch Albums Chart 95
French Albums Chart 145
German Albums Chart 13
Swiss Albums Chart 22
British Albums Chart 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maximo Park name new album – exclusive". NME. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Quicken The Heart Tracklisting and Release Date". maximopark.com. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Maximo Park reveal new album tracklisting". nme.com. NME. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Maxïmo Park – Wraithlike (7") at Discogs". Discogs.com. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "New single 'The Kids Are Sick Again' and Album Artwork". maximopark.com. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "New video and single ‘Questing, Not Coasting’, out 13th July!". maximopark.com. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1543347
  8. ^ "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Quicken The Heart". Dailyvault.com. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Wale, Dan (15 May 2009). "Maximo Park – Quicken The Heart / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  10. ^ Rosie Swash (8 May 2009). "Maxïmo Park: Quicken the Heart | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "NME Album Reviews – Album Review : Maximo Park". Nme.Com. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Sam Wolfson (19 April 2009). "Pop review: Maximo Park, Quicken Than The Heart | Music | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Moerder, Adam (13 May 2009). "Maximo Park: Quicken the Heart | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Modell, Josh. "Maximo Park, 'Quicken the Heart' (Warp)". SPIN.com. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Maximo Park – Quicken The Heart – Album Review | State Magazine". State.ie. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Maximo Park – Quicken The Heart". Clashmusic.com. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  17. ^ Culturedeluxe – Album Review – Maximo Park – Quicken the Heart[dead link]
  18. ^ "(p.128) – 3 stars out of 5". Cduniverse.com. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "In Another World (You Would’ve Found Yourself By Now)". Songfacts. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "DiSsection: Maximo Park Quicken The Heart track-by-track". drownedinsound.com. Drowned in Sound. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 

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