I was lucky enough to see the new Madness musical, "Our House" in its preview week. A Red Arrows-esque fly-past of the cast on school desks, singing along to Baggy Trousers - well, it really does have to be seen to be appreciated! I was very impressed, and left with a renewed passion for the music. I rushed to buy the accompanying CD as soon as it was released.
Esssentially, yes, this is yet another "Greatest Hits" album, but the two new songs are worthy additions to the catalogue. "A Simple Equation" is fast becoming a favourite of mine. In the musical, this song is sung by "Dad" - played by Ian Reddington (Tricky Dicky from Eastenders). It's a catchy tune highlighting the "simple equation" that for there to be good in the world, bad has to exist - very much a theme of the Sliding Doors style musical. Great lyrics and undeniably Madness.
Overall, this is a highly recommended album to accompany a highly recommended musical. I look forward to a cast album, and hope there's one in the pipeline.