With Marc Almond, you're never safe from surprises. His song cycle Ten Plagues (2014) (Digipak, DVD with a playing time of 57 minutes) was already performed in 2011 and frenetically acclaimed. The artistic reflection of the plague epidemic in London 1665 for vocals and piano, in which the lyrics clearly stand in the foreground, seem eccentric, playful, gloomy, oppressive and threatening. At the same time, Almond's vocal development impresses, effortlessly translating difficult dramatic passages without appearing artificial. A very mature album, which hints at development possibilities of current music. The Dancing Marquis (2014) is an excellent compilation of six tracks that have been released on vinyl EPs in recent years, two new tracks and two less important mixes, and comes in a Digipak, including a booklet. The cooperations with Danielz from T. Rextasy and Martin McCarrick, among others, move between wave, glam and rock and show Almond's excellent melody feeling. Top!
Top track: Market (Ten Plagues); Worship Me Now (The Dancing Marquis)