Marc Almond

Black Kiss

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Though the only single released via his abortive deal with Echo Records, "Black Kiss" proved to be the signal of Almond's full artistic renaissance. The first offering from what would become Open All Night, "Black Kiss" blends spare, jungle-touched production with spooky, Brazilian-derived music and vibes (heightened by the inclusion of Henrique da Silva's muffled backing vocals). It's a magnificent performance from Almond and his band both, continuing his night-prowling lyrical vibe with surprising, intriguing new results. A live version also appears, with da Silva briefly explaining at Almond's prompting the voodoo-derived background of the mysterious "queen of the night" who figures in the song. A separate stand-alone track also crops up which surfaced on Open All Night's American release -- "Satan's Child," a finger-snapping, brassy number that finds Almond tackling his Eartha Kitt/Vegas cabaret side with a tech-sharp edge. It's not quite Foetus, but it's a calmer kissing cousin.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:38
2 2:55
3 5:53
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