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on 24 April 2003
Madness are one of the best and most fun bands this country has produced and this new compilation showcases just that. All the classics are here and also a new mix of 'It Must Be Love'. 'Simple Equation' and 'Sarah's Song' are both taken from the musical 'Our House' and sound great. The 21 quality tracks make it definitely worth its money!
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VINE VOICEon 17 December 2002
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.
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on 28 October 2002
This latest release by Madness hits two birds with one stone; it is the soundtrack of the new musical 'Our House' and a collection of Madness's finest hits to date.
All of the classics are there, including 'House of Fun', 'Baggy Trousers' and 'Our House', and they all sound as fantastic and fresh as they did first time round. All 21 tracks showcase why Madness are one of the best loved UK bands and the album includes two new songs, 'Simple Equation' and 'Sarah's Song' as well as a new mix of the classic 'It Must Be Love' which were created especially for the music.
This is one collection of hits you can't do without! Madness are quite simply fantastic!
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on 4 June 2009
Our House was released in 2002 to coincide with a West End musical of the same name for which Madness were associate producers. It contains a handful of new songs which are perfectly OK interspersed with most of their classic singles from the 80s which is what we really want to hear...

Madness were undoubtedly the best singles band of the 80s with a nearly flawless run of 21 Top 20 singles to rival those by The Kinks and The Beatles from the 60s. They started as a ska band though soon developed their sound into classy, quintessentially English pop, much like an 80s version of Ray Davies' mob. They also of course became one of the first bands to embrace the new market for videos with a series of promos so brilliant and witty that the watcher was at risk of not appreciating the quality of the musical away from the visuals.

Unlike many acts from the 80s, Madness' music has dated very well. This is largely due to them using classic instruments and sounds rather than the fashionable synths of the time which have, of course, dated rather badly. The rich though not overcooked arrangements are excellent and, though long-time producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley take a lot of credit, most of the praise should be given to the magnificent seven nutty men themselves. Their playing is exemplary and, though there is not a weak link in the band, special praise should be given to pianist Mike Barson and guitarist Chris Foreman who usually provides a memorable motif in every song. There are catchy hooklines and melodies-a-plenty with all seven members writing or co-writing in various combinations.

On to the songs themselves, upbeat highlights for me include Night Boat To Cairo, Return Of The Los Palmas 7 and Our House itself. Despite their crazy image, Madness were also masters of an essentially English type of melancholy as the equally superb Grey Day, The Sun And The Rain and One Better Day testify, Sure, they had the occasional over-trite single such as Driving In My Car and House Of Fun though their exceptional moments easily outweigh any naff ones.

Our House is an excellent compilation though possibly not the best Madness Best Of on the market due to the inclusion of several newer songs. Despite this, it contains all of their classic singles except One Step Beyond and Cardiac Arrest and is very highly recommended. The best singles band of the 80s - no contest!
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on 21 July 2012
Wonderful to revisit this show via the video after seeing it on stage years ago.
Where do they get their energy from? I was exhausted watching, but very happy. Thanks for a true bargain!
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on 30 October 2002
One of the biggest groups of the 80s have returned! This album is the soundtrack to the broadway show, which Suggs et al organised, and features some of their most loved tracks. It's kind of like a greatest hits package but with a twist.
Stand out tracks for me were "Our House" (which is probably one of their most loved tracks - it's one of my favourites!) and "House Of Fun," but I also loved "Baggy Trousers."
Overall, this is an outstanding album for Madness lovers and pop music fans alike!
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on 2 November 2002
Enjoy the pleasures that the House of Madness has to offer - from 'Night Boat to Cairo' (the BEST ska song ever written!) thru their first No. 1, 'House of Fun' up to the later 'Michael Caine' (who else would have got away with it?)
Simply a great collection of foot-tappin, pork-pie wearing, piano-jangling hits from the Nutty Boys. Why only four stars then you may ask? The only let down about this album is the fact that their first hit, 'The Prince' is missing, and unforgivably, 'One Step Beyond' is missing!!! Wot no 'Heavy, heavy monster sound'??? Afraid not...
Anyway, there's plenty here to keep you going, and if you're 5 or 50, don't feel that you're an 'Embarrassment' - it's a 'Simple Equation' - just let your feet do the talking in the House of Fun!
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on 1 April 2016
great collection of Madness songs, reminds you of the show
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on 20 October 2015
Quick service and quality product. This is a great CD.
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on 28 February 2015
Good entertainment and a real sound of the eighties
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