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A Certain Trigger

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Released  16 May 2005
Length  39:33
A Certain Trigger (2005)  Missing Songs (2006)
Release date  16 May 2005
Recorded  August–September 2004
Producer  Paul Epworth
Artist  Maxïmo Park
Label  Warp
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Genres  Indie rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk revival, Power pop
Similar  Maxïmo Park albums, Indie rock albums

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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.


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Album information

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.


  • 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

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


    Signal and Sign2:26
    Apply Some Pressure3:19


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