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Customer Reviews

Dark Stuff

This is the album that puts paid to the myth of Madness being a light hearted singles band.

An album that covers subjects as bleak as Vivisection (Tomorrows Dream) , an inadequate NHS (Mrs Hutchinson), Work Stress (Cardiac Arrest), Domestic Breakups (Promises Promises) and Depression (Grey Day). It was them growing up and finding themselves as songwriters and while the morbid tone can be hidden with a few killer choruses and poppy hooks, there's some really dark stuff on here.

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not one song on this album could not have been a single! amazing mind blowing like all other madness albumw

Growing Up!

"7" saw the end of the poppy Madness train that had hurtled through the charts. With this album, Madness grew up. A serious subject was covered in the single Cardiac Arrest but Peter Powell on Radio One took offence and an unofficial ban was implemented. It's a good job that it wasn't obvious what Embarrassment from the previous album Absolutely was about or the powers that be probably would have "banned" that too. My favourites on this album are Mrs. Hutchinson and Day on the Town but all the tracks still sound really fresh after all this time. If you want well crafted songs that make a statement, 7 is for you.


Formed: 1978 in Camden, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Along with the Specials, Madness were one of the leading bands of the ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s. As their career progressed, Madness branched away from their trademark "nutty sound" and incorporated large elements of Motown, soul, and British pop. Although the band managed one crossover American hit in 1983, they remained a British phenomenon, influencing...
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