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  • Summary: This is the 10th studio album for the British ska band.

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Nov 16, 2012
    80
    Oui, Oui isn't living in the past, it's using the past to address the present, which gives some soul to these nifty little songs, and turns this album into another mini latter-day gem from the Nutty Boys.
  2. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    All you need to notice about Oui Oui... is that, together, these musicians can still rustle up a synergy no other band can imitate. [Dec 2012, p.102]
  3. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    Yes, it lacks the ambition of Norton Folgate... but compensates with pop nous. [Dec 2012, p.89]
  4. Should you be struck by a nostalgic mood yourself, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da is a Madness album like they used to make 'em.
  5. Nov 16, 2012
    60
    A little paunchiness suits the skanking bounce and wobble of their songs and a good time brassiness dominates even on the more meditative tracks.
  6. 60
    Though less ambitious than 2009's The Liberty of Norton Folgate, Madness's Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da confirms the benefits of spreading songwriting chores among the entire band.
  7. 20
    Why are you half-arseing your way through such a thick slurry of clod-hopping ska-by-numbers? Or wallowing in pits of cliché?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 22, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers. This album features a definite return of 'Nutty' to the Madness sound, who have once again welcomed 60's influences with 'My Girl 2's Organ driven mod beat, and 'Misery's Bluebeat trumpet driving ska feel. The album brims with wisdom and maturity in lyric, although the musicianship and production has something of a childlike quality. Collapse