Mad Not Mad

‘Mad’, please! Perhaps ironically, Mad Not Mad was not one of Madness’s maddest records. Some have dismissed it as too polished and leaning too heavily on synths and other modern doo-dads. Others praised it for taking a step beyond novelty songs about condoms and exploring darker, more emotional territory. I would say, a little bit of polish can be a good thing. I can’t say that it never hurt anybody, because it has, but a little bit is generally welcome. That dark emotional territory is always welcome goes without saying. (Not to knock novelty condom songs.)


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