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Madness hits perfection
on January 16, 2002
It is amazing to see such an upbeat band shed their skins and reveal a more depressing side to their music. "Keep Moving" is just seeping with the working class feel that the band had always been toying with, but this effort is far more direct and concise than previous attempts. Madness has created their most human album;, even in its faults it shows that the band had traveled miles from their more ska-oriented beginnings.
With "Keep Moving" Madness hits a new level in complexity of both music and lyrics. From the false optimistic tone of "Victoria Gardens" to the sullen tale of abandonment in "Samantha," Madness veers down roads that one would never expect them to travel. The album might not be as appealing initially, but its methodical slogging results in a fantastic, albeit dreary, collection of songs that form a truly cohesive effort.
Each listening will bring increased depth to this album as the playfully metaphorical lyrics and musical intertwining become more evident. Depending on the listeners' state of mind, different songs will surface as the focal point of the album and, in this fashion, the total meaning of "Keep Moving" will be forever shifting.
Finally, it must also be said that "Michael Caine" shows Madness at their most intriguing. This song is filled with constant lyrical sly winks and knowing glances that coincide perfectly with the more subtle tone of the song. All together, this song is the apex of an album that is all to easily disregarded as a half-hearted attempt by a band past their prime.