A Certain Trigger

A Certain Trigger is the debut album of Newcastle-based Post-punk revival 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

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

"Apply Some Pressure" were featured on the soundtracks of the video games Burnout Revenge and SSX on Tour.

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

The song "Going Missing" was used during the end credits of the movie Stranger than Fiction.

The album has received Platinum status in the UK. When the album was originally released, a limited edition version was available with a bonus CD containing a live performance in Japan.

A Certain Trigger shifted over 500,000 copies worldwide.


Professional reviews:

  • 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 role model 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

All songs by Duncan Lloyd, Paul Smith except where noted

  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

Limited Edition Bonus Disc (Live in Tokyo)

  1. "Signal and Sign" (Duncan Lloyd, Paul Smith) – 2:49
  2. "The Coast Is Always Changing" (Lloyd, Smith) – 3:27
  3. "Graffiti" (Lloyd, Smith) – 3:04
  4. "I Want You to Stay" (Lukas Wooller, Smith) – 3:43
  5. "Limassol" (Archis Tiku, Smith) – 3:41
  6. "Once, a Glimpse" (Lloyd, Smith) – 3:15
  7. "Kiss You Better" (Smith) – 2:26

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