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 (thirteen years ago) link
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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) link
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 (one year ago) link
I keep flipping between R&F and Keep Moving.
― anecdotal certainly but not nothing (stevie), Friday, 26 March 2021 10:00 (one year 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 (one year ago) link
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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link
But you can't fuck with any of the first run tbh