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5.0 out of 5 stars Pertinent, emotive brilliance!
Wow, what an amazing, pertinent and emotive work, cleverly written and delivered with precision. Thoroughly chilling experimental theatre at its very best. Marc surprises us yet again!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very very heavy going
Very theatrical and very hard going, if you think this is gonna be a normal Marc almond DVD you'll be disappointed so be warned. That said Marc's voice is in fine form and it shows what a great singer and performer he is and he can never be described as boring as every project he does is different to the last. I'm sure the Marc die hards will buy this but even they might...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very very heavy going, 14 July 2014
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Very theatrical and very hard going, if you think this is gonna be a normal Marc almond DVD you'll be disappointed so be warned. That said Marc's voice is in fine form and it shows what a great singer and performer he is and he can never be described as boring as every project he does is different to the last. I'm sure the Marc die hards will buy this but even they might struggle let's hope the next DVD is a proper live concert until then I suggest buying 12 years of tears live at the royal Albert hall it really is Marc doing what he does best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pertinent, emotive brilliance!, 19 July 2014
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Wow, what an amazing, pertinent and emotive work, cleverly written and delivered with precision. Thoroughly chilling experimental theatre at its very best. Marc surprises us yet again!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneasy Listening, 8 July 2014
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Having followed Marc's career since Soft Cell's early singles, I must say that I've always had a soft spot for his recordings with voice and piano, especially the Violent Silence e.p. Hopes that this song cycle might be along similar lines would be misplaced, however, because this is a highly theatrical piece: a series of songs about the central character's life during the London plague of 1665. It sits in Marc's catalogue alongside The Tyburn Tree, John Harle's 2014 album about London, except that his voice was there wrapped in full orchestration, drenched in reverb, whereas here we have it presented with an uncomfortable starkness and intimacy.

Seen strictly as a piece of chamber music, Ten Plagues works well enough; in fact, it would be interesting to hear it performed by a trained voice rather than by Marc although (given that it was written for him!) this first recording has a particular authenticity. He works well with the more comic or grotesque moments (such as "The Wig") but his idiosyncratic vocal technique is not so well suited to some of the more lyrical passages, resulting in a recording that overall is probably uglier than it should be.

Mark Ravenhill's libretto works well and Conor Mitchell (here performing his own music on piano) has provided a detailed and intelligent score. This is an adventurous work, but needs to be recognised as a curiosity of the classical world rather than as a Marc Almond album proper. Approach with caution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marc Almond never disappoints. This is very different than ..., 31 Aug 2014
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Marc Almond never disappoints. This is very different than anything he has done before and needs a few listens to before it sinks in. It is deliciously dark with strange haunting melodies. Marvellous!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new song!, 25 July 2014
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Stunning
After witnessing the show at Wiltons last year I knew I had to have it, yes it is bleak but the hope expressed in the final track was euphorious!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 4 Nov 2014
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Not very good to deep not what I expected
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Tyburn Tree was excellent but this, 8 July 2014
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Hard work .... really hard work. The Tyburn Tree was excellent but this .... it's hard work. Read Sordel's review for an accurate explanation of why.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars complete waste of money, 6 Aug 2014
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definitely not what I expected, complete waste of money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 11 Aug 2014
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it'was the worst cd of Marc
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