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  • Audio CD (22 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000647H2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Digitally remastered version of the former Soft Cell singer's solo album. Repackaged with additional or amended sleevenotes from their original vesrsions.

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Format: Audio CD
Enchanted is one of those rare albums that you put on and can't wait to hear the next track. Ok, the instrumentation is a bit dated (lots of eighties electronics) but all the songs are original and, needless to say, entertaining. This was the first Marc Almond album I bought, and as a result, bought all the others! My personal favourites are Toreador in the Rain, Deaths Diary, Widow Weeds, The Sea Still Sings and Desperate Hours. It all sounds a bit like the 'ethnic' Eurovision entries with Flamenco Guitars and Claps - simply fantastic! So nice to see this one re-issued at long last. My only disappointment is the lack of any bonus material (you need to get 'Treasure Box' for that) and I am not convinced that this, or the other Parlophone albums has been re-mastered, but simply re-issued (which could explain the lack of bonus material). However, if you didn't buy this first time, buy it now.
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This is the follow up album to the very well received "The Stars We Are" (one of the first CDs I ever bought, back in 1988!).

Although not as commercially successful, this is typical of Marc Almond as he always makes the music he wants to make and pays little regard to how his music may lend itself to commercial airplay. "Enchanted" is by far Almond's most eclectic album in my opinion, incorporating a variety of different musical styles from around the world.

Each composition also is a narrative and takes the listener through a story, rather than just some inane lyrics - a hallmark of many of Almond's songs.

I still love this album 22 years after buying it and, along with Mother Fist and The Stars We Are, this ranks as one of my favorite solo offerings from Marc.
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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2011
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This 2002 production comes as it was originally released in 1990; there are no bonus tracks or additional information in the sleevenotes.

Almond is an underrated songwriter. He writes pieces that are well-crafted songs with catchy melodies and intelligent, though sometimes contrived lyrics. As evinced by the titles of the songs on this CD, his subject-matter ranges from the sea and the moon to toreadors, death, Orpheus and the outcast. There is a mix of continental blends on this disc, sometimes French, sometimes Latino, with a mix of jazz thrown in for good measure. Thus the album opens with the sound of the flugelhorn, whilst accordions, flamenco guitar, and dramatic strings feature here and there. There are some excellent arrangements, for example in `A Lover Spurned' and `Orpheus in Red Velvet'.

There are only two duff tracks on the album: `Toreador in the Rain' is too simple and repetitive that it annoys, whilst its sequitur, `Widow Weeds', is too long and repetitive. Of the remaining eight tracks, six are strong, including the singalong-o-death of `Deaths [sic] Diary' and the "burlesque and blue" of `Carnival of Life'. That leaves two songs that are simply outstanding - and I carry no torch here for Mr Almond, as this is only the second CD of his that I have purchased. (Although I was a big fan of Soft Cell in the 80s.) The first of these two five-star songs is `Waifs and Strays' where a fantastically good solid beat is brushed with shimmering washes of sound. But the best of the pack is `A Lover Spurned', whose feel would be perfect for a James Bond opening song. Here Almond can hold his head up high against those who say he simply cannot sing.

So, I was quite impressed with this CD, and might now consider purchasing another by Mr Almond.
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If ever an album deserved the title "archetypal" it's this one. It features so many of Marc's hallmarks and is a perfect introduction for anyone who's not familiar with his work.
There are flamenco beats, tortured love songs, arabic mantras, accordian led story songs and best of all, sumptuous string laden classics. Every song is overproduced to high heaven which only adds to the enjoyment.
An album to really lose yourself in. A 100% classic.
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Ten 'enchanting' numbers on this Album from 'Soft Cell's' very talented Marc Almond - on his first real 'significant' solo release in 1990.

Marc Almond has been one of the few exceptions that has had a continued and outstanding career after leaving a very successful Band/Duo: 'Soft Cell' who had massive hits like 'Tainted Love' and 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' with Glam's last real fling with the Charts back at the start of the 80s.

Some of these Songs have a 'faint' Soft Cell sort of composition about them - but in some ways much more 'tame' in their approach. The clever and striking lyrics always produced by Almond are clearly apparent and holds the listener.

A very nice Album with great Artowrk.
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This album may not be as good as Stars, but there is frankly not one bad track on here - the only thing which would make it better would be more variety in its arrangements. Marc is a unique talent, and sadly vastly underrated - it doesn't take much to figure out why - he just doesn't fit into a nice neat little box like most singer/songwriters. This is definitely one of his best albums, and despite having had it for a number of years still gets played regularly by me. It is even surprising to hear a really uplifting like "Carnival Of Life" on this album, but it's welcome along with the more intense songs like "Desperate Hours".
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