Madness: The Liberty of Norton Folgate

Now that Chas and Dave have hung up their trilbies, Madness are cashing in on their Camden roots with a corking cockney classic.

I always saw Madness as masters of the 3-minute singles charts, but was a little more weary of their album output. Especially after such a long break, there’s always a worry of a reformation in order to bolster the pension fund. However, don’t be put off by such notions, this is a genuine classic Madness album.

The Liberty of Norton Folgate takes you around the streets of London on a musical journey with plenty of evidence of the old nutty-ness mixed in with musical and lyrical maturity.

A genuine and extremely pleasant surprise.