Best Madness album poll

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a return to the style of Rise and Fall perhaps ?

mark e, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 14:22 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...

so - anyone going,or went to the hackney shows where the band are playing the new album out in total with orchestra/stage settings etc (ie not just doing the party faves) ?

i get the feeling, (ok, hope), that they are going to be getting the big mojo/word magazine treatments with the release of this album.

from the youtube clips i've seen and heard, i'm still holding out for the possibility that they are pushing this towards the darker edges of their Rise And Fall style.

[awaits the kickback from dingbod about them all being fat old tories b*stards now]

mark e, Thursday, 26 June 2008 10:24 (sixteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

So will The Liberty of Norton Folgate' replace Rise and Fall in the bands catalogue as the ultimate moody/downbeat Madness album ?

Quite possibly.

The team up with Rhoda Darkar is very special.

mark e, Friday, 1 May 2009 08:34 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Yeah, much better than this old fanboy expected. Negatives: a bit relentlessly midtempo throughout; choruses mostly take easy way out (not unheard of in older days, but not as ubiq).

But arrangements & production is spot on, and damn how good the Barson piano feels to hear. And the unexpected Bollywood (?) break in the title track is hilarious and also promising; I believe these guys could do londonworldmusic decently.

Amusing myself with guessing songwriting credits (bought from emusic, so I've no physical copy). Anyone got the answers?

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 18 June 2009 21:08 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

keep moving is a lot better than i ever remembered.

f*cking love the appearance of general public in victoria gardens which i have now realised is the lost madness gem

mark e, Monday, 30 April 2012 20:19 (twelve years ago) link

You know, I have a couple of Madness albums here I acquired quite cheaply a few years ago, and it's occurred to me that I haven't given any of them a real deep listen yet. Must rectify that.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 00:30 (twelve years ago) link

eight years pass...

i totally agree re the result of this poll : R&F is by far the best Madness album.
however .. the cover.
it is somewhat troublesome.

mark e, Thursday, 25 March 2021 23:39 (three years ago) link

I keep flipping between R&F and Keep Moving.

anecdotal certainly but not nothing (stevie), Friday, 26 March 2021 10:00 (three years ago) link

I assume you refer to the brownface in particular, mark? That indeed looks quite off now, even (or especially?) considering that all the figures are intended as stereotypes of sorts. The corresponding song is also a bit, uh, "hey I went to India and I hated it".

anatol_merklich, Friday, 26 March 2021 19:51 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

They're back with a so-so live record. But after a quick listen -- Norton Folgate is still incredible (and underappreciated?).

The succeding albums are okay, but "Never Knew Her Name" is an incredible lost track

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 14:51 (one year ago) link

I need to check out Rise and Fall. I've got the Complete and Utter compilations and they're excellent collections, but I would like to give their albums another chance.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 15:30 (one year ago) link

How Can I Tell You and Powder Blue off Oui Oui are both fantastic songs as well. They're on the studio working on a new album right now. Norton Folgate is a stupidly brilliant record - vinyl reissue on the horizon.

his cartoon heart expands, then he relaxes by smoking crack (stevie), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 15:36 (one year ago) link

IMHO Rise & Fall and Keep Moving are their best albums (maybe Norton Folgate is their equal too).

his cartoon heart expands, then he relaxes by smoking crack (stevie), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 15:37 (one year ago) link

But you can't fuck with any of the first run tbh

his cartoon heart expands, then he relaxes by smoking crack (stevie), Wednesday, 23 November 2022 15:37 (one year ago) link

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