A Certain Trigger

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A Certain Trigger
A Certain Trigger.jpg
Studio album by Maxïmo Park
Released 16 May 2005
Recorded August–September 2004
Length 39:33
Label Warp
Producer Paul Epworth
Maxïmo Park chronology
A Certain Trigger
Missing Songs
Singles from A Certain Trigger
  1. "The Coast Is Always Changing"
    Released: 22 November 2004
  2. "Apply Some Pressure"
    Released: 21 February 2005
  3. "Graffiti"
    Released: 2 May 2005
  4. "Going Missing"
    Released: 18 July 2005
  5. "Apply Some Pressure (Re-Release)"
    Released: 31 October 2005
  6. "I Want You to Stay"
    Released: 20 February 2006

A Certain Trigger is the first album by the Newcastle-based independent alternative rock band Maxïmo Park. It was released on 16 May 2005, on Warp Records. It was critically acclaimed and nominated for the 2005 Mercury Prize in August of that year.

Album information[edit]

The title for the album comes from the song "Once, a Glimpse".

The songs "The Coast Is Always Changing", "Apply Some Pressure", "Graffiti", "Going Missing" and "I Want You to Stay" were released as singles.

The censored version of "Apply Some Pressure" was used on the soundtracks of the video games Burnout Revenge and SSX on Tour. An instrumental version of "Going Missing" was used during the end credits of the movie Stranger than Fiction.

The album has received Platinum status in the UK. When it was originally released, a limited edition version was available with a bonus CD containing a live performance in Japan. A Certain Trigger sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.

In 2009, the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation included a cover version of the song "Acrobat" by Seefeel.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
BBC Collective 4.5/5 stars[3]
NME (7/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[5]
PopMatters (7/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
  • Pitchfork - 8.4 out of 10 "They play jaunty, precise power pop with punk's antipathies, exuding a tentative cool'.
  • Uncut (p. 102) – 3 stars out of 5 – "[T]here's a romantic soul at play. Frontman Paul Smith loves the dejections of the north as much as Jarvis Cocker."
  • CMJ (No. 914, p. 4) – "These five lads resurrect the trembling, trebly power chords and literate sensibilities of bands like Wire and the Fall...Maximo Park's brand of guitar pop is distinctly British and pogo-ready."
  • Mojo (p. 96) – 3 stars out of 5 – "[T]he Geordie five-piece's inspired and eccentric debut deserves to catapult them well ahead of their Scottish peers."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Duncan Lloyd and Paul Smith, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Signal and Sign" 2:25
2. "Apply Some Pressure" 3:19
3. "Graffiti" 3:05
4. "Postcard of a Painting" 2:14
5. "Going Missing" 3:41
6. "I Want You to Stay" (Lukas Wooller, Smith) 3:44
7. "Limassol" (Archis Tiku, Smith) 3:42
8. "The Coast Is Always Changing" 3:19
9. "The Night I Lost My Head" (Smith) 1:51
10. "Once, a Glimpse" 3:03
11. "Now I'm All Over the Shop" 2:23
12. "Acrobat" (Wooller, Smith) 4:42
13. "Kiss You Better" (Smith) 2:05



  1. ^ "A Certain Trigger by Maxïmo Park". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "A Certain Trigger". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "collective – Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger". BBC. 1 October 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Latest reviews from NME.COM – albums, tracks, gig reviews". NME. Nme.com. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger Album Review - Pitchfork". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Begrand, Adrien. "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Rolling Stone, [1] Archived 6 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.