Madness - The Liberty of Norton Folgate (2009)Madness's ninth studio album, and a great success it is too! Finally the Madness album Madness fans were waiting for. It's a bit of a concept album and sounds like, hmm, well, like London. It's a weird thing to say but you'll know what I mean if you've listened to it. When I first listened to it I didn't think it was amazing. It's not like it contains instantly catchy 'singles'. But the more you listen to it the more you appreciate its genius. The title track, 'The Liberty of Norton Folgate', is impossible to describe. It certainly takes you on a journey.
There are a lot of songs on here that I love, 'Sugar and Spice', 'Forever Young', 'NW5'... It's weird because the songs aren't necessarily super catchy but they really work as an album. I'd really recommend that you buy the whole thing as a proper album and listen to it all the way through, don't pick and mix songs and don't shuffle them! That's the thing about concept albums, I suppose! This could be one of their best albums. Original material, the original line-up, and the polish and confidence that comes with being in the business for 30 years. :D