The albums and their bands have much in common. Each is the second album by a band from the north of England. Each band has a singer/lyricist with a way with words and a northern accent that enhances the lyrics.
The northern accents may strike a particular chord with me at the moment, since I just booked plane tickets to fly back to England for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. They were both born in Sheffield.
I don’t think that Maximo Paul’s lyrics stand up as well to quotation as do Arctic Alex’s. But to hear Paul sing “Are you hopeful or just gullible?” is a delight.
Similarly, the couplet “The path of excess just led to boredom/You live you life with your mouth wide open” sounds great when Paul sings it. I think it works even better when you see him singing it. But judge for yourself…