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Solo album from Maximo Park's Paul Smith. It has the familair frontman style vocals we love with MP but musically very different with 80's pop influences right through to heartfelt indie-rock

Every self-deprecating word is sung through uplifting vocals whilst sparkling guitar melodies radiate like sparks of light glimmering on the water. Ever a slave to his artistic inclination, the grungy ‘People On Sunday’ was influenced by the 1930 silent German film of the same name whilst the "gaunt scaffolding" referred to in ‘Coney Island’ is drawn directly from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Crack-Up – perfectly capturing the carnival of skeletal rollercoasters dominating Coney Island’s skyline. Elsewhere ‘Fill In The Blanks’ touches on the organic folk sound of Bert Jansch and Nic Jones whilst ‘I Should Never Know’ features the breezy C86 vibe of The Go-Betweens or Teenage Fanclub, and Paul’s Teesside take on 50s rock’n’roll star Eddie Cochran rings through ‘All The Things You’d Like To Be’–print a song which features Prefab Sprout’s Wendy Smith, who guests on the record with her beautifully hazy backing vocals.

Paul with Maximo Park at New Slang

Break Me Down

Paul Smith & The Imitations Contradictions
  • 1.The Deep End
  • 2.Break Me Down
  • 3.Reintroducing The Red Kite
  • 4.Before The Perspiration Falls
  • 5.All The Things You'd Like To Be
  • 6.I Should Never Know
  • 7.The Golden Glint
  • 8.Fill In The Blanks
  • 9.People On Sunday
  • 10.Coney Island
  • 11.The Mezzanine Floor
  • 12.Quick
  • 13.Fluid Identity

Cat no: BRPS002
Label: Billinham
Info correct on: 21/8/2015