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The Liberty Of Norton Folgate CD

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  • Audio CD (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lucky 7
  • ASIN: B001VLP5ZW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  9. On The Town 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
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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

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Aron on 19 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
As a huge Madness fan from the beginning, I always felt their best period of writing music came just after their huge run of Top 10 hits, from Rise & Fall to Mad Not Mad. Since then they released a solid album of new tracks in Wonderful and covers with The Dangermen and I have to say I thought perhaps it was time for them to call it a day.

When reading the media reviews for TLONF, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well received this album has been. Now that I've heard it myself I'm absolutely delighted to see how contemporary and fresh Madness sound.

I give it a 5-star as there are only a couple of slightly weaker tracks, whilst the high points are incredible. Madness sound crisp and optimistic throughout. Lyrics and stories are sharper than ever. Highlights for me are We are London, a glorious appreciation of the ecclectic mix of cultures that make up the Capital. Fabulous harmony on this one. Forever Young has the most catchy ska brass section, reminiscent of the Two-Tone bands. Dust Devil is a ska rooted track that might not capture you first time and then gets a bit infectious after you've heard it a few times. Written by Lee Thompson and Dan Woodgate, it reminds me a lot of the best work Lee did with Chris Foreman with spin off group Crunch. That Close is very much like the style Madness had with The Sun & The Rain in tempo, with tones of Embarrassment and the chromatic scales from Shut Up. MKII provides a break with a more laid back and slower tempo. On the Town has the most delightful chorus and is the only example I know of where Madness are supported by a female vocalist. The album version's vocals are performed by Rhoda Dakar, a favourite artist admired by many during the Two-Tone era.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rodgers on 3 Oct. 2009
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This review can be read in conjunction with the many which have already been left for the standard single music CD edition of Madness's 2009 album The Liberty of Norton Folgate. During the recording process for the album, Madness played 3 specially filmed concerts previewing much of the album at London's Hackney Empire. The new songs were met with almost unanimous praise from the Madness fans lucky enough to be present. Now you can find out why we were so impressed with the show and the songs.

The album is repackaged here with a DVD of the same title directed by legendary film maker Julien Temple. For the filming the theatre was turned into one complete film set. Character performers mingled with audience members, as did the camera crew. Madness were joined by a live string section (in the pit as is fitting for such a venue) and had a stage set enhanced by evocative back projection of images, landscapes, animations and films which illustrated the spirit of the songs.

Between songs we have a character narrative followed by Suggs and Chas Smash, out and about in shady London, taking us back to some of the periods in the history of the title track and masterpiece that is The Liberty Of Norton Folgate.

Add to that an assured performance of songs, many of which were getting their public début and you have yourself over two hours of fantastic entertainment.

If you have the music, you will enjoy the concert DVD. If you don't have the album yet, but have heard some of the glowing praise for it, buy this and put the DVD in first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zorro on 20 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is the `comeback' album the Maddies should have released a decade ago, after their first extended hiatus. `Wonderful', released in 1999, had some excellent songs, but was also a little underwhelming as a whole.

No such failings with TLONF, which critics are understandably calling their best.

So good were the songs recorded between 2006 and 2008 that several didn't even make the final cut of 15; the rest saved for a special edition. Thankfully the sublime NW5 is restored to the `normal' version, which was due to be 12 tracks, but three were lifted at late notice from the 2-disc edition. Of these, Africa sounded like one of the weakest of the 22, although it actually works better in this setting than at the end of a second disc.

That great tracks like Mission From Hell, Hunchback Of Torriano, The Kiss and One Fine Day were excluded from the standard edition shows the depth of the material.

Personal favourites on TLONF are Sugar and Spice, Bingo, MKII and the sprawling title track, although there's not a bad song on it: a perfect mix of their Kinks-pop with the more ska-influenced sound. One song worthy of special mention is That Close, a nostalgic look back at love which builds momentum over four minutes rather than resorting to an obvious verse-chorus. It's the definite grower in the pack.

For 30 years I've been a fan of Madness' wistfulness and melancholia, which was always more effective for often being set to uplifting music - happy melodies, sad undertones. For me, their creative peak was between Rise and Fall and Mad Not Mad, with the criminally underrated Keep Moving a beautiful but understated record.
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