Open main menu

A Certain Trigger is the debut studio album by English indie rock band Maxïmo Park. It was released on 16 May 2005 through Warp Records. It was nominated for the 2005 Mercury Prize in August of that year.

A Certain Trigger
A Certain Trigger.jpg
Studio album by
Released16 May 2005
RecordedAutumn 2004
  • Eastcote Studios (London)
  • 2khz Studios (London)
ProducerPaul Epworth
Maxïmo Park chronology
A Certain Trigger
Missing Songs
Singles from A Certain Trigger
  1. "The Coast Is Always Changing"
    Released: 22 November 2004
  2. "Apply Some Pressure"
    Released: 21 February 2005
  3. "Graffiti"
    Released: 2 May 2005
  4. "Going Missing"
    Released: 18 July 2005
  5. "Apply Some Pressure (Re-Release)"
    Released: 31 October 2005
  6. "I Want You to Stay"
    Released: 20 February 2006


Album informationEdit

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.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
The Independent     [4]
The Irish Times     [5]
Mojo     [6]
The New Zealand Herald     [7]
Rolling Stone     [10]
Uncut     [11]

Pitchfork's Sam Ubl wrote that Maxïmo Park "play jaunty, precise power pop with punk's antipathies, exuding a tentative cool'.[9] CMJ wrote, "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."[12]

Track listingEdit

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

1."Signal and Sign"2:25
2."Apply Some Pressure"3:19
4."Postcard of a Painting"2:14
5."Going Missing"3:41
6."I Want You to Stay" (Lukas Wooller, Smith)3:44
7."Limassol" (Archis Tiku, Smith)3:42
8."The Coast Is Always Changing"3:19
9."The Night I Lost My Head" (Smith)1:51
10."Once, a Glimpse"3:03
11."Now I'm All Over the Shop"2:23
12."Acrobat" (Wooller, Smith)4:42
13."Kiss You Better" (Smith)2:05



  1. ^ "A Certain Trigger by Maxïmo Park". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "A Certain Trigger – Maxïmo Park". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ "EW reviews four hot new albums". Entertainment Weekly. 23 May 2005. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  4. ^ Price, Simon (15 May 2005). "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger (Warp)". The Independent.
  5. ^ Boyd, Brian (6 May 2005). "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger (Warp)". The Irish Times. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger". Mojo (140): 96. July 2005.
  7. ^ Kara, Scott (10 June 2005). "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  8. ^ Goodwin, Cat (23 May 2005). "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger". NME. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b Ubl, Sam (16 May 2005). "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  10. ^ Mar, Alex (25 August 2005). "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 6 April 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger". Uncut: 102. [T]here's a romantic soul at play. Frontman Paul Smith loves the dejections of the north as much as Jarvis Cocker.
  12. ^ CMJ (No. 914, p. 4)