Bringing one’s politics into the spotlight can be a troublesome proposition; if handled explicitly then, almost by definition, half the people listening will disagree with you, and if a more subtle approach is attempted then you risk appearing ham-fisted in the execution, or having your point missed entirely, if you don’t manage to pull it off. As evidenced by the album’s three singles, Maxïmo Park tend more towards the latter pratfall, with the titular Risk to Exist featuring clunky lyrics and vocal delivery, What Did We Do to You to Deserve This being unequivocally bland, and the anti-conformist Get High (No, I Don’t) failing to capitalise on a reasonably fun and energetic musicality.

This is an extract from a review originally published on the 25th April 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.


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