Trial And Error
Label: Warp Records
Maximo Park suggest that beneath Warp's pulsing bleeps beats a traditionalist's heart. The Newcastle group revives jagged post-punk and power-pop jangle in short, sharp songs recalling XTC, Elvis Costello and the Jam. On 2007's Missing Songs, cuts like "Year of Doubt" and "Trial and Error" show off songwriting far fresher than their retro sonics might suggest, while dizzying rhythmic changes give "I Want You to Leave" an unmistakably modern charge.