Nature Always Wins

Maxïmo Park - Nature Always Wins
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2021 Ratings: #359 / 700
User Score
Based on 98 ratings
2021 Ratings: #723
Liked by 8 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?

Maxïmo Park - Nature always wins

Genre: Indie Rock
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 59% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 458th / 802

Highlight: Ardour

Made me think of:
The Courteeners
Kaiser Chiefs
Car Seat Headrest


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.


Opening track was fruity as all hell, horrid and I almost switched it off. Suddenly on the second track the lovely accent cuts through clearly accompanied by an acoustic guitar and all the pretence falls away.

It’s still quite poppy and the vocals are a little far away from the music but I don’t mind this. Track 3 is a little more interesting and the music becomes a little more present the vocals are really eccentric and cool here I’m getting to like this track as the ... read more

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Added on: October 18, 2020