That cannot, surely, entirely account for the fact that this disc is not the equal of that remarkable return, which had a coherence and sense of purpose that is missing from this collection.
It is not just the songwriting credits that are diverse (or democratically shared, if you like) on this set, it is the production and arranging as well. Clive Langer and Stephen Street are among those great names of past decades helping to mould the sound on a few tracks, and there are fine string arrangements (by a variety of hands) and muscular horns (The Brass Monkeys) making their presence felt throughout. The strongest songs, to my ears, are those that have one-off combinations of talents, particularly La Luna el Mariachi (Suggs and guitarist Chris Foreman) and Circus Freaks (drummer Woody Woodgate and saxophonist Lee Thompson). Elsewhere there are too many close cousins of earlier favourites, all a bit Madness-by-numbers.