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I have been a Madness fan since I bought One Step Beyond as my first LP and have loved almost everything they have released. But I have to admit I did not get Liberty of Norton Folgate, for some reason it didn't sit well with me even though everyone else regards as their masterpiece. Previous to that I thought Wonderful was probably my favourite Madness album.
I didn't know about this album until I saw them advertised on Jools Holland and pre-ordered it immediately. On my first listen I was worried that there were too many references to the past - My Girl 2, Death of a Rude Boy sounding a bit Ghost Town, Never Knew Your Name a bit too like Embarrassment (at the beginning) and a great many snatches of music which reminded me too much of older pieces - but boy after a few listens this is brilliant, and in my opinion their strongest album to date. My kids all love it and after a week in the car are discussing certain songs, phrases and singing along (believe me this is unusual). It is brilliantly played, in particular by Chris Foreman and Mike Barson (although the latter has always been brilliant) and the is very well crafted as well as being great fun. Death of A Rude Boy, for me, is a bit strange in that it doesn't fit with the feel of the whole album, although I really like the song, it just seems a bit incongrous.
Everyone should own this album! Oh, nice to see the range of writers too!