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With their constant Madstocks and concerts, Madness never went away, but their 2009 album The Liberty of Norton Folgate — their first album original material in ten years — felt like a full-fledged comeback, a return to the brilliant form of 1982's The Rise & Fall, the album that firmly positioned the band in the grand tradition of British pop. Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da, the 2012 sequel to Liberty, proves the 2010 comeback was no fluke, with its equally clever and confident collection of savvy pop and ska, tunes that are effervescently melodic, lyrically nimble, and giddy with their dexterity. With an opening song that posits itself to be an explicit sequel to Madness' signature hit "My Girl," this certainly recalls Madness' new wave glory days, but Madness is under no illusion that they're still a young band. If anything, they're reveling in their advancing age, relishing the opportunity to look back — in their heart they always were nostalgic — and enjoying playing pop, soul, ska, reggae, and R&B with their old mates. But Oui, Oui isn't living in the past, it's using the past to address the present, which gives some soul to these nifty little songs, and turns this album into another mini latter-day gem from the Nutty Boys.

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A Triumphant Nutty Return!

I stood with thousands of other fans at Madness' Madstock comeback show in 1992 and wondered whether they would release albums of the quality of the pre-1986 split.

After false starts with both 'Wonderful' and 'The Dangermen Sessions' they knocked me for six with the fantastic 'Liberty Of Norton Folgate'.

Looks (and sounds) like they've hit the spot again with this new album.

I salute you Madness, for releasing fresh new material...when your 2-Tone chums like the Specials seem content to play cabaret shows for the remainder of their so-called 're-union' tour.

TRY IT THEN BUY IT

Welcome back boys. After a triumphant year playing to millions worldwide, from festivals to the Palace and fields to the Olympics, the Nutty Boys bounce back with the same verve and swagger they have recently become renowned for. After losing their way a bit in the 90's and early noughties, they can now righfully reclaim the title of Kings of Pop. However this is no 'bubble gum' pop of Driving in my car fame, no, this is pop at it's very best. There is a mixture of influences and styles at work in this album, yet each song has the distinctive Madness flavour coursing through the very spine of it. Stand out tracks include How can I tell you, Misery and Leon but there is not one weak song throughout the collection. The epic 'Liberty of Norton Folgate' was a masterpiece and critically acclaimed by many industry insiders and pundits. It was also Madness' highest chart placed album since '7' way back in 1981 proving their everlasting popularity and umwaning longevity, but with a bit of decent exposure, oui oui si si ja ja da da can go one better. Long live the Kings.

Oh yes yes yes

For those amongst us who had faith that the guys would offer up another great treat of classic british music, we can now get ready for a stomping great year and a new level of Madness..
After such an amazing year for the band, let us hope that the overdue awards and recognitions are all to come... However whatever happens the above album has already guaranteed a big party from Madness fans across the globe, so let's F-ck Art and start dancing...
Just remember to press purchase first : )

Biography

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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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock, Rock
  • Released: 26 October 2012

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