Nature Always Wins

Maxïmo Park - Nature Always Wins
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2021 Ratings: #95 / 175
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
2021 Ratings: #166
Liked by 9 people
February 26, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
PIAS / Label
Indie Rock, New Wave / Genres
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It’s ... a rich, passionate and clever album that, even if it ends up being underrated, deserves full attention and praise.

The Arts Desk
With two entries in Vice magazine’s seriously miscalculated and rather snobbish "Indie Landfill" list, Maxïmo Park have their detractors but they are accomplished songsmiths with a nice turn of phrase. Certainly fans won’t be disappointed with this more mature, hopeful-against-the-odds offering.

Nature Always Wins is an album that not only ticks all the boxes that steadfast Maximo fans will be looking for (hooks, melodies, sing-along choruses) but it refreshingly shows an awareness of growing older and reflects on the changing priorities that most of us who were with them back in the mid-noughties are now also experiencing.

The Line of Best Fit

Nature Always Wins is an ambitious album. From the understated "Meeting Up" to the sprawling and off-kilter closing number "Child of the Flatlands", it’s the sound of Maximo Park not so much maturing, as it is them evolving.


Together with the slimmed down line-up, Nature Always Wins feels like the start of a new chapter for Maxïmo Park. They’ve always been better than a ‘landfill indie’ punchline, and they prove it in spades on their seventh album.

‘Nature Always Wins’ is very much an album packed with joyful pop songs and introspective anthems.

Maxïmo Park remain unabashedly heartfelt, and by staying true to this on Nature Always Wins, they deliver some of their finest songs in a while.


A band whose early commercial ubiquity shouldn’t obscure the continued creative vitality of their work, Maximo Park open a fresh era with some of their finest work in a decade.

Parenthood proves just another phase in Maximo Park’s stubborn stand for empathy and learning through rock'n'roll.

There’s no upturning of the band’s musical blueprint, but their social conscience has earned them a third act.

God Is in the TV
It feels like the band are on the precipice of what they can achieve with this kind of song writing. 15 years in, Maximo Park sound at their most alive when they are learning about themselves.
This is exactly what die-hard fans will have hoped for, stacked with catchy art-pop singles and far too close to home dystopian visions. Who knew indie landfill could last this long?

This feels like the mature version of Is This It. Has really good instrumentals but the lyrical content lacks a bit.
I thought I was not gonna enjoy it as much because of the first track but as the album progressed, I actually found myself liking it.
‘Why must a building burn before the lesson is learned?’

Ah Maxïmo Park, the last time I've heard about them they were featured in Vice's notorious list of so-called "Indie Landfill".
Granted, their are some average albums along the way, will their seventh album Nature Always Wins follow this trend?
Its safe to say their indie identity is still intact, but unlike their last 2 albums (I actually enjoyed The National Health), this is their most revamped album, ... read more
Maxïmo Park - Nature Always Wins
Indie Rock
February 26, 2021

That's what happens when you mix the Strokes and Young the giant together.


Favourite Tracks :
All Of Me
The Acid Remark
Feelings I'm Supposed To Feel
I Don't Know What I'm Doing
This album was okay, but it had lots of boring and directionless moments. But, I liked it more than I thought I would. Maximo sound a little like the Strokes, and also The Cure at times. But it's produced like a Killers record.

I still think this album is great to just throw on while you clean the house, or go for a drive. But if you sit down and pay attention, it's really nothing special. However, there's still a few great tracks. I really enjoy "Versions of You" and "All Of ... read more
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Track List

  1. Partly Of My Making
  2. Versions Of You
  3. Baby, Sleep
  4. Placeholder
  5. All Of Me
  6. Ardour (feat. Pauline Murray)
  7. Meeting Up
  8. Why Must A Building Burn?
  9. I Don't Know What I'm Doing
  10. The Acid Remark
  11. Feelings I'm Supposed To Feel
  12. Child Of The Flatlands
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