Madness - 'How Can I Tell You'

Madness - 'How Can I Tell You'

Suggs forgot it isn’t the early 1980s any more, and that only saxophones used by hipsters are cool. Ooooops. He seems like he’d be a nice dad – offering wisdom like “Forgive yourself and you’ll be free” and “You’re gonna get hurt...

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Madness - 'Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da'

Madness - 'Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da'

Oh, cruel irony, thy name is Suggs. “ Communication is a skill you must acquire… it is essential ”, he gurns on ‘How Can I Tell You?’. Pray tell then, sir: why are you half-arseing your way through such a thick slurry of clod-hopping...

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Album review: Madness

Album review: Madness

With their first album in a decade, the one-time Nutty Boys seek to be taken seriously. A 10-minute title track recounts the social history of a corner of east London that is legally independent from its surroundings; clearly, we’re far from...

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Wonderful

Wonderful

What relevance Madness will have in the days of market niches and digital simulcasts is debatable. Yet, it must be said that the seven-strong Camden Town gang have come back older, slightly more depressed and more or less musically intact. Even...

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London Camden Electric Ballroom

London Camden Electric Ballroom

The second song is called 'Embarrassment' . Now, in the normal critical scheme of things, this would provide the top and tail of the NME review of a gig by the reformed Madness . You don't have to be mad to work here, just desperate,...

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