Marc Almond Enchanted
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- Released: April 22, 2002
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
Q3 Stars - Good
- 1.Madame De La Luna - (studio)
- 2.Waifs & Strays - (studio)
- 3.Depserate Hours - (studio)
- 4.Toreador In The Rain - (studio)
- 5.Widow Weeds - (studio)
- 6.Lover Spurned - (studio)
- 7.Death's Diary - (studio)
- 8.Sea Still Sings - (studio)
- 9.Carnival Of Life - (studio)
- 10.Orpheus In Red Velvet - (studio)
Ex-Soft Cell lead singer Marc Almond's solo album features 10 tracks, including "Desperate Hours," "Lover Spurned," and "Carnival of Life."
This edition is digitally remastered.
A slightly fallow period for Almond's more high-profile releases began with Enchanted, an ultimately flawed attempt to build on his more mainstream success with The Stars We Are. Crucially, keyboardist and co-songwriter Annie Hogan, who had been Almond's longest musical partner ever, starting with the first solo record in 1982, had departed, while La Magia ceased to exist as a musical entity. Billy McGee remained to provide orchestral arrangements, which give the album some zest, while the subject matter is still Almond's own, tales of "Waifs and Strays," a "Toreador in the Rain," and "Orpheus in Red Velvet." This said, the album ends up as just too anonymous to truly succeed -- Bob Kraushaar's production this time out seems much more concerned at creating slick Euro-pop as opposed to the distinct blend of styles that Marc usually pursues. There are a couple of solid winners nonetheless, like the perversely jaunty "Death's Diary" and "A Lover Spurned," a dramatic tale of vengeance from the other woman. Regardless, this is possibly Marc's most disappointing release overall. ~ Ned Raggett
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