I thought I would give it a couple of months for me to see how this album fitted into my Madness album collection. The overall sound has a retro feel from the My Girl2 right down to Circus freaks. Its a good mix from Suggsy and co. You can hear influences from their previous albums. Tracks such as La Luna and So Alive jump right out and get under your subconcious and you find yourself humming them. For me the stand out track has got to be "Never knew your name" its a slushy love ballad. If it had been released back in the day this would have been a number 1 smash for sure.Those lyrics from the track resonate:
Oh I wanted to call, call out your name
But stupid pride and idiot shame
Hesitated, scared of playing the fool
So you walked away, from Mr Cool
A class number boys! Almost as good as my old time favourite Razor Blade Alley.And more importantly this album does sit well with the other Madness albums in my collection. So buy and enjoy humming to these quality tracks!!!