How to tackle the second album after having such a successful debut release, it’s a challenge that so many bands have had to overcome, and in this case it’s Maximo Park’s turn to answer the critics.

After giving ‘Our Earthly Pleasures’ a good listen through it seems that these British lads might have found an answer, or at the least they’ve gotten pretty close to it.

The opening track, ‘Girls Who Play Guitars’ is catchy from the get go with its lyrically cool verses and it’s infectious chorus kicking in within seconds of the song starting. This one is currently high up on the play list on Triple J and I’m pretty sure we’ll be hearing it in the Hottest 100 this year.

The rest of the album continues along this now familiar Maximo path without too much deviation, though there is the odd moment where I was starting to think it to be all too predictable only to be happy to discover the band change tempos where opposite to where it sounded like they were going.

‘Girls Who Play Guitars’, ‘Our Velocity’ and ‘Parisian Skies’ are obvious standouts on Maximo Park’s ‘Our Earthly Pleasures’ and I’m sure if we’re lucky enough to host the guys in Australia this summer there will be a lot of singing along happening.