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Tenement Symphony
     

Tenement Symphony

by Marc Almond
 
Marc Almond's newest label jump resulted in what looked like an ideal creation on paper -- two songs produced and co-written by the Grid, the techno duo featuring Almond's Soft Cell collaborator Dave Ball, three more songs worked on with sole surviving Willing Sinner/La Magia member, keyboardist/orchestrator

Overview

Marc Almond's newest label jump resulted in what looked like an ideal creation on paper -- two songs produced and co-written by the Grid, the techno duo featuring Almond's Soft Cell collaborator Dave Ball, three more songs worked on with sole surviving Willing Sinner/La Magia member, keyboardist/orchestrator Billy McGee, and a mini-song cycle, "The Tenement Symphony" itself, produced by uber-studio wizard Trevor Horn. But did it work? Much like Enchanted, there's a little too much of Almond getting lost in rote synth-disco for comfort at points. But there are enough pluses to outweigh the minuses -- the opening "Meet Me in My Dream," one of the Grid collaborations, is a beautiful start, equal to "The Stars We Are," while the Symphony itself, though perhaps taking itself a bit too seriously as a conceit, has three solid singles to its credit -- a completely over the top (but what else to expect from Trevor Horn?) version of Jacques Brel's "Jacky," the concluding "My Hand Over My Heart," another sweep of the heartstrings dance ballad, and the surprise U.K. hit single of the bunch, the gentle and (for Horn) understated "The Days of Pearly Spencer," another '60s cover given the Almond treatment to good effect.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Warner Spec. MKT. Uk
UPC:
0090317551821
catalogNumber:
175518

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Performance Credits

Marc Almond   Primary Artist,Vocals
Anne Dudley   Keyboards
J.J. Belle   Guitar
Sally Bradshaw   Vocals
Betsy Cook   Vocals
Mitch Dalton   Guitar
Andy Duncan   Percussion,Drums
Trevor Horn   Organ,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Billy McGee   Keyboards
Richard Norris   Drums
Nick Plytas   Piano
Lynda Richardson   Choir Master
Richard Riley   Guitar
Philip Todd   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tim Weidner   Bass Guitar
Bruce Woolley   Keyboards,Vocals
Julian Stringle   Clarinet
Inga Humpe   Vocals
Eric Caudieux   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Marc Almond   Arranger,Producer
Anne Dudley   Arranger,Orchestration
Grid   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Producer
Andy Duncan   Percussion Programming
Steve Fitzmaurice   Engineer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Billy McGee   Arranger,Producer
Richard Norris   Percussion Programming
Ren Swan   Engineer
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Nigel Hine   Programming,Producer
Steve Rappaport   Artwork
Inga Humpe   Programming
Eric Caudieux   Programming
Max Loderbauer   Programming
Gregg Jackmann   Engineer
Steve Price   Engineer

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