June 06, 2011

Varieté - Marc Almond [2010]

Dave Simpson writes for The Guardian. He is entitled to his views:

"Looking back over a colourful life, [Marc] is in nostalgic mood, although, after 30 years, the twirls through sleaze and nightlife have become a shtick. The Trials of Eyeliner partly revisits territory he first explored in Soft Cell's Where the Heart Is, while Soho So Long bids farewell to a place he has clearly never left in spirit. The stripped-down vaudeville accompaniments don't help a feeling of furrows already ploughed. Nijinksy Heart is one of his better later tunes, but there's a troublingly maudlin undercurrent to all the confessionals and farewells. If – as he has suggested – Varieté is his swansong, it'll be a shame that he goes out with such a whimper."


For "shtick" read honesty; "furrows already ploughed" or valediction and the strongest songs he's written in many years - which side are you on?

Oddi wrth y brawd


Y Brawd said...

well, that incendiary rhetorical squib set the blogosphere alight.

Pastaman Vibration (ye-ah!) said...

I'm still too stunned by admiration to comment. Between this and the Shatner review ("cack but not as we know it" indeed) I feel you're on something of a roll (or panino as we newly returned from Italy pastahounds might 'ave it).

Y Brawd said...

Ah maestro. Croeso yn ol.