Paul Smith & The Intimations - Contradictions
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2015 Ratings: #667 / 771
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August 21, 2015 / Release Date
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Billingham / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

Contradictions is certainly a step in the right direction and sees Paul on the rise once again. This album is a dark horse, a grower, and one that current fans and newcomers to his music will appreciate alike.

Drowned in Sound

Essentially, Contradictions occupies the middle ground between the barely-there nature of the songs on his first album and the full-on pop onslaught of Maximo Park.

The only trouble is that the good tracks are matched by the nondescript filler. After about the halfway point, the constant mid-pace and subdued introspection becomes all too homogeneous.
The Skinny
Those who grew up with Maxïmo Park will no doubt appreciate the adult clothes Smith wears on this, but for the rest of us, any contradiction – however loose – remains unfortunately untempered.
Induced by the fury of being catchy, these little, guitar pop contradictions gifted their passion.
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Track List

  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 (4th of July)
  11. The Mezzanine Floor
  12. Quick
  13. Fluid Identity
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Added on: August 9, 2015