My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Rise and Fall is the fourth studio album by English band Madness. The album is a loose concept album based on the childhood of each band member. The album was recorded and released in the UK in 1982. The Rise and Fall was never released in the US, but the song “Our House” would eventually be released on a compilation album, becoming their only US hit.
What I think: This quirky circus-like Madness album is the first album I’ve ever heard from them and I think this being a bit of an odd Kinks-like Village Green Preservation Society type album and being my real introduction to them is just overwhelming. I was expecting more of the quirky ska that they are known for. That being said, I could see really getting into it with some repeated listens, or starting from the beginning of their discography and working my way to this one. As it stands, “Rise and Fall”, “Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)” and of course “Our House” are what stick out to me and these are the more conventional songs on the album.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m on the fence here, at this point I think I would give it a pass.
Rating (Out of 5) 2.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (391/512)
Amount that are new to me: 76%