Madness - Keep Moving

Having released the brilliant Rise & Fall in 1982 to great acclaim, Madness didn’t rest on their laurels, releasing two fabulous singles in 1983 – ‘Wings of a Dove’ and ‘The Sun and the Rain’ both of which appear on the bonus disc that accompanies this remastered edition of Keep Moving. Having almost entirely moved away from their original Nutty Boy image this is an album of pure pop brilliance. From the sinister ‘Michael Caine’ to the bizarre stomp of ‘March of the Gherkins’ and ‘Time for Tea’ (an ode to a child dying in a fridge), this is an album that has absolutely no weak points. To further enforce that point we have ‘Victoria Gardens’ a bouncy tale with horns, piano and a uptempo beat that sums up the whole ethos of the band in 4½ minutes. It may not be the most popular Madness album but in a career filled with highlights, Keep Moving stands above the rest as their best work and is essential listening for anyone with even the slightest interest in one of Britain’s greatest bands.

Overall

TDF SILVER

9

out of 10

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