Album Review: The Dangermen Sessions, Vol. 1 by Madness
Mediocre, Based on 1 Critic
The Guardian - 40 Based on rating 2/5
The first Madness studio album in six years is a set of ska cover versions, inspired by a batch of performances by the band at the Dublin Castle in Camden under the pseudonym of The Dangermen. This nostalgic trip back to their roots makes modestly agreeable listening, though the translation from raucous pub to sober recording studio has squeezed out much of the combo's spontaneous lunacy. Surprises include a retread of the Supremes' You Keep Me Hanging On (though Suggs is no substitute for Diana Ross) and a comical take on the Dangerman theme, their adopted signature tune.