What does it sound like?:
Side project alert. This is the new album from Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith and his current collaborators, the Imitations. The press blurb says the album was four years in the making, worked on in between Smith’s numerous collaborations with other artists and his main band – but don’t let that put you off.
I’m not an expert on his ouvre (this record was submitted for review) but I’m a fan of that certain wistful, romantic brand of North East pop that he peddles along with Field Music, I was also grabbed by the fact that he’s managed to get the seldom heard Wendy Smith of Prefab Sprout along for a singalong on five of the albums 13 tracks.
‘Break Me Down’ has echoes of Pale Fountains/Shack, from that seaport the other side of the Pennines. ‘Reintroducing The Red Kite’ has a touch of Prefab Sprout about the chorus funnily enough and Wendy Smith’s vocals are showcased to best effect on I Should Never Know which has a bit more light and space in it, some nice melodic twists and sounds not unlike The Sundays at times. Elsewhere I’m reminded of the » Continue Reading.