Critcally acclaimed ninth album from the popular ska legends which achieved a top five chart position. Taking the title from an area in London, this is the first album of original material that the band has released since 1999 and contains the single 'Dust Devil'.
This first Madness outing since the band’s 2005 ska covers project The Dangermen Sessions
sees them reunited with original producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. A suite of twelve brand new songs, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
acts as a paean to their beloved London, the title referring to a street that connects Bishopsgate with Shoreditch High Street. The record opens with the jaunty "We Are London", which sets out their personalised (and idyllic) view of the capital and boasts an infectious, sing-song chorus ('you can make it your hell or heaven/live as you please'). The band continue to filter their recognisable influences--pop, reggae, ska--through great, bouncy tunes like "Forever Young,", and "Dust Devli". Songs like Clerkenwell Polka carry a classic bar-tune feel, all parping brass and foot-stomping piano, but the highlight is the 10-minute title track, which see-saws kaleidoscopically through pop, ska, Klezmer, cabaret tunes and a whole lot more. Upbeat, friendly and fun, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
is arguably Madness's finest collection of new material in many years. --Danny McNamara