Stars We Are [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Another year and another label for Marc Almond, along with a newly stripped-down band, La Magia, with Willing Sinner vets Annie Hogan, Billy McGee, and Steve Humphreys on drums. Even more so than Stories of Johnny, this is Almond with an eye and ear on making a commercial record while still being himself, and the result is much better than expected. Bob Kraushaar's production feels much lighter and brighter in general than Mike Hedges' past efforts, and the songwriting often matches it -- the sprightly opening title track, followed by the tenderly passionate "These My Dreams Are Yours," makes for what has to be the most upbeat start to a Almond album yet! Similar moments ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Another year and another label for Marc Almond, along with a newly stripped-down band, La Magia, with Willing Sinner vets Annie Hogan, Billy McGee, and Steve Humphreys on drums. Even more so than Stories of Johnny, this is Almond with an eye and ear on making a commercial record while still being himself, and the result is much better than expected. Bob Kraushaar's production feels much lighter and brighter in general than Mike Hedges' past efforts, and the songwriting often matches it -- the sprightly opening title track, followed by the tenderly passionate "These My Dreams Are Yours," makes for what has to be the most upbeat start to a Almond album yet! Similar moments crop up throughout the record, including "Bitter Sweet," with a killer sweeping chorus, the sparkling, slightly jazzy "The Very Last Pearl," which gives pulsing nightlife one of its best makeovers ever, and a triumphant, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink version of Gene Pitney's "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart," replaced on later versions of the album with the U.K.-chart-topping duet with Pitney himself. That said, it's still an Almond album through and through -- the lighter songs still have his sweet purr in the vocals and Hogan's keyboards and instrumental arrangements remain uniformly excellent, while moodier and expectedly dramatic numbers still turn up in abundance. The forceful duet with Nico, "Your Kisses Burn," calls to mind prime Lee and Nancy, with masses of strings to boot; elsewhere, "The Sensualist" acts as his clearest statement yet on the many erotic joys life has to offer. Perhaps most surprisingly of all, "Tears Run Rings," his most overtly political number to date, became a minor U.S. hit. [The 2002 reissue appends the aformentioned version of "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" featuring guest vocalist Gene Pitney.]
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  • Release Date: 4/22/2002
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724353917623
  • Catalog Number: 5391762

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marc Almond Primary Artist
Gene Pitney Guest Appearance
Suraya Ahmed Vocals
Gini Ball Violin
Susan Dench Viola
Julia Girdwood Oboe, Cor anglais
Sally Herbert Violin
Annie Hogan Piano, Keyboards, Marimbas, Vibes
Philippa Holland Violin
Steve Humphreys Percussion, Drums, Timpani, Sampling
Bob Kraushaar Percussion
Billy McGee Bass, Keyboards, Double Bass
Chris Pitsillides Viola
Jos Pook Viola
Audrey Riley Cello
Enrico Tomasso Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Agnes Bernelle Vocals
Derek Hannigan Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Christopher Tombling Violin
Christine Jackson Cello
Technical Credits
Marc Almond Arranger, Composer, Producer
Roger Cook Composer
Roger Greenaway Composer
Annie Hogan Arranger, Composer, Producer
Steve Humphreys Programming
Bob Kraushaar Producer
Billy McGee Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Dave Pine Engineer
Andrew Catlin Cover Photo
Huw Feather Art Direction
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