Marc Almond, Obscure or Obscene?

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i only know The Stars We Are and it is brilliant.

what Solf Cell album should i own?

Bee OK, Friday, 16 July 2010 05:00 (nine years ago) link

Well, all of them (the reunion one aside, some charming moments but...). Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret is for many the be-all and end-all and deservedly so, it's arguably the first overtly Suicide-referencing album to be a smash pop hit. (You know, like Maya.) A stellar run of songs, holds together as an album still, cheap on the one hand, produced by Mike Thorne with careful detail on the other. But The Art of Falling Apart and This Last Night in Sodom are no less compelling, if very much steady turns away from the pop world Marc's always had a very ambivalent relationship with.

This all said, you really could do worse as a starting point than to go with the 12 Inch Singles collection, three CDs worth of all the original remixes and B-sides and so forth. Ignore the later remixes and you've got yourself a hell of an overview. There's various further compilations out there; the original The Singles remains unimpeachable.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 16 July 2010 05:06 (nine years ago) link

Personally I prefer Almond's solo material to Soft Cell. Especially on the first SC album his singing is so bad, it got much better later on.

My favourite Marc album is probably Enchanted, I can't believe AMG gave it only like 1,5 stars or something... Sure, the combination of dance beats and melodramatic strings on it is kinda cheesy, but I think it fits the camp nature of the tunes perfectly. And the actual songwriting is among his strongest: "Waifs and Strays", "Toreador in the Rain", "Death's Diary" - how can you not love these?

Tuomas, Friday, 16 July 2010 06:54 (nine years ago) link

I listened to the new album just a couple of times, but it seems good.
A couple of songs were written with Michael Cashmore (ex Current 93) and the general mood is, well, moody.
The bonus cd maybe is even better: stripped out, smokey, noirish, a couple of songs have a kind of rockabilly nuance.

Marco Damiani, Friday, 16 July 2010 07:21 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

I approve:

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 03:23 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

can't believe I haven't heard "The Stars We Are" until now.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:25 (six years ago) link


But I'm glad you did. He's been recording lately, also has some performances lined up later in the year. Resigned to never seeing him again in the States but at least I have seen both him and Soft Cell.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:29 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

I can't believe I haven't heard Torment and Toreros until now, I'm halfway through it now and still can't quite believe what I'm hearing. Holy fuck!

Welcome To (Turrican), Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:05 (five years ago) link

Like throughout the course of this album, I've went from laughing, to being deeply moved, to being genuinely terrified and back again. Man, this fucking record!

Welcome To (Turrican), Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:09 (five years ago) link

Yup, completely exhausted after that. Can't see me listening to it for a while, but I undoubtedly will again.

Welcome To (Turrican), Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:48 (five years ago) link

Deep regret I couldn't make the live performance at Meltdown a few years back, but such is life. Meantime, he has a new album and tour soon -- this was an insanely busy year for him, with the Tyburn Tree collaboration, Ten Plagues and the various Dancing Marquis tracks, so The Velvet Trail just feels like his usual overdrive will continue without a pause.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:57 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Woah, this collab with Ian Anderson(!) on flute! Would totally have nommed it for ilx-tracks-2019 had I heard it before the deadline (slightly annoying repeated flick-like noise artifact(?) in the chorus aside). Few can mouth "turmoil" with such delicious disgust.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 10 January 2020 11:01 (one month ago) link


SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 10 January 2020 14:10 (one month ago) link

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