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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 July 2014
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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on 19 July 2014
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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on 31 August 2014
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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on 14 July 2014
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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on 25 July 2014
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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on 8 July 2014
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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on 30 November 2014
Excellent cd ( Marc almond ) a bit different to marc almond other albums vermine in ermine stars we are enchanted !!! Worth buying if you like Marc almond
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on 3 February 2015
more marc soon march i think????
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on 4 November 2014
Not very good to deep not what I expected
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on 6 August 2014
definitely not what I expected, complete waste of money.
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