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CD REVIEW: MADNESS – Can’t Touch Me Now

| 26 May 2017 | Reply

CD REVIEW: MADNESS – Can’t Touch Me Now
Lucky Seven/Universal
October 2016
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8/10

The wacky, zany Londoners are back with album number twelve, and it’s arguably their best since their first seven made the UK top ten, depositing 15 singles in the top ten, and a further seven in the top twenty in England, not to mention many hits in other countries.

Recorded at the infamous Toe Rag studios, overseen by owner Liam Watson and long-time producer Clive Langer, Can’t Touch Me Now finds the band in fine form, yielding a bumper crop of sixteen tracks, not a dud amongst them.

Featuring most of the classic line-up – trumpeter Chas Smash has left since last album, 2012’s Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da; bassist Mark Bedford is back in the fold – the album features all the ska-pop, lightly sprinkled with two tone reggae, that we’ve come to love from the hyper-catchy band.

Vocalist Suggs is cut from the same music hall-inspired cloth as the late, great Ian Dury: never the strongest singer, he is a storyteller, evoking the gritty life of London’s streets and he’s in fine voice here.

Standouts are plentiful: the melancholic Good Times; the jaunty Mr Apples and Herbert; the beautiful You Are My Everything; the hook-laden Mumbo Jumbo; the evocative Another Version Of Me and Pam The Hawk.

Fans of the band’s glory days will love Can’t Touch Me Now, but that’s not all: the band sound vibrant and energised, and this is an album that deserves a better fate than being heard by a dwindling older fanbase.

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