Music Review: Marc Almond

By Steve Jadd | 27th March 2017

Marc Almond

Marc Almond by Awais

Picture courtesy of Marc Almond’s Facebook page.

Marc Almond ‘Hits And Pieces’ tour is a celebration of Almond’s 60th birthday year. The tour coincides with the release of the new album ‘Hits and Pieces,’ York Barbican being chosen as one of only five venues for the tour.

There remains something attractively decadent about Marc Almond. The delight with which Almond flouts conventional expectations rankles with some, while others delight in his outrage and brilliance. A most gifted and unique vocal talent, his career has included Soft Cell and the avant-garde Latin swagger of Marc And The Mambas, whose album Torment and Toreros has become one of the author’s personal favorites.

Almond is a musician who has never stood still and manages to embrace the strange yet remain a symbol of popular culture - a maverick entertainer with Number 1 singles ‘Tainted Love’ (a record 43 consecutive weeks in the US singles chart) and ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ which Marc recorded with Gene Pitney.

With a career spanning four decades, Marc Almond is a consummate performer: camp but lecherous in the extreme, a torrent of Jacques Brel, Scott Walker, Eartha Kitt and Liberace all coiled into one. Almond’s York performance was in every aspect a celebration of his musical career: a broad, eclectic range of songs from his repertoire included a powerful version of Jacques Brel’s Jacky, ‘Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart’ plus renditions of Soft Cell classics ‘Torch’, ‘Bedsitter’, ‘Down In The Subway’, ‘Memorabilia’ and a glorious version of ‘Tainted Love’ coupled with ‘Where did our Love Go’ had the audience partying in the aisles.

Marc Almond’s energy and showmanship captivated the York audience further with a performance of ‘The Days of Pearly Spencer’ and the upbeat melodic new single ‘A Kind Of Love’. Extraordinary when you consider Almond nearly died following a motorcycle accident in 2004.

The party atmosphere prevailed - a celebration of Almond ended to rapturous applause with the anthem ‘Say Hello Wave Goodbye’ – and indeed we all did, with the audience filtering out onto York streets euphoric to the truly infectious Marc Almond. Brilliant – two hours of pure entertainment.

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