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  • Summary: Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley return to produce the band's first album of new music since 1999.
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  1. The true testament to the value of that craft is that The Liberty of Norton Folgate is as rich and rewarding in its deluxe double-disc incarnation as it is in its simpler, single-disc set, something that speaks volumes to the extent of the band's unexpected revitalization here.
  2. Older, wiser and with nothing to lose other than hair, Madness has gone and released an album that’s virtually flawless.
  3. The Liberty Of Norton Folgate may just be the best thing they have ever recorded.
  4. Nutty Boys regain former glories in full.
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    It all looks backward unabashedly--fitting for a band formed 30-plus years ago--but no less resonant.
  6. Nutty Boys no more, Madness may be big men but, judging by this, not entirely out of shape. [Jun 2009, p.131]
  7. Musically, Madness still trade in pub singalongs powered by ska rhythms and music-hall jollity--but the jollity feels forced, and Suggs’ tired vocals suggest a man going through the motions.

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