"Our House"-like single to glue the largely forgettable tracks together; each song has to stand by itself, and with the lack of originality between them it proves difficult to salvage more than a handful of them. The other problem I have is the same thought I have when listening to any of the post-7 Madness albums, and that is that they’re trying to reconstruct Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or The Village Green Preservation Society, which frankly they’re not innovative enough to develop something to equal either (though The Rise and Fall is as close as many may get). Wonderful also imitates the great pop albums that have gone before it: why "The Communicator" had to fade out to the Pet Sounds ending is anyone’s guess. The cloying ambition of each track may appeal only to a few, particularly certain circles of Brits, but Madness’ Wonderful is neither a great ska album nor a classic pop record. Those looking for the latter will probably find a better alternative in any of the records mentioned already in this review, or even a mini review from a few days ago, Gruff Rhys’ Hotel Shampoo.