Among my brithday presents (I’m 27! Eek!) I got two albums. Young for Eternity by The Subways and A Certain Trigger by Maximo Park. Of the two, I much prefer the latter. That’s not to say that Young for Eternity is a bad album. It just came across to me as a two-trick pony – Rock and acoustic ballad. Very well done tricks (and definitely fun to jump around to), but limited all the same.

A Certain Trigger on the other hand is far more adventurous, and even if sometimes it doesn’t quite work, it definitely gets an A* for effort. It flits between styles repeatedly and to good effect (one minute pop, one minute indie, next moment almost ska?!) and the songwriting is intelligent without being pretentious. A Certain Winner.

And on that awful pun I must depart!