- Audio CD (10 Nov 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Some Bizarre
- ASIN: B0000080CC
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Disc One opens with Boss Cat, which is good goth fun and fits in the same world as The Cure's Lovecats and proof that Drugs and Disney soundtracks can mix! A sarcastic cover of Brel's The Bulls is next, there is a better version on 1990's Jacques. Catch a Fallen Star (title courtesy of Perry Como!) is cut from the same cloth as Angels and The Art of Falling Apart. The Animal in You is in Banshees terrain. Next up is a compentent cover of In My Room (Marc wanted to be Scott Walker, which was helpful as Scott no longer did) and the sublime First Time. (Your Love is a )Lesion is bleak stuff with Bad Seeds/Swans style guitar. My Former Self & Once Was take us back to the dark ballads and are very strong songs indeed.
Disc 2 opens with The Untouchable One, before veering into the Lorca inflected Blood Wedding. Next up is the brilliant Black Heart single, one of the finest Hogan/Almond collaborations- proof that Marc could still do pop; pop that hurts...A medley is offerred next, the odd jazzy Narcissius, the bad luck song Gloomy Sunday (though Billie Holiday & Associates did it better) and Peter Hammill's Vision...Torment (co-written by Steve Severin/Robert Smith in Glove mode) is very Banshees and would be perfected on 1985's Always (from Stories of Johnny). Jim Thirwell (Foetus) pops up as Clint Ruin on A Million Manias, which details more pop star breakdowns amid a cacophony of top percussion and Ruin doing Tom Waits (in hell). My Little Book of Sorrows is probably the finest song here, though who is singing the other lines? It all concludes with a spot of Bizet-inflected fun, Beat Out that Rhythm on a Drum...
Torment & Toreros is bleak, bleak stuff- moreso with the Spanish/soundtrack elements. Not for those who like things like What & Tainted Love (which I suppose is the point). The greatest solo album Marc would be associated with until 1988's wonderful The Stars We Are.
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