Open All Night (Marc Almond album)

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Open All Night
Marc Almond Open All Night album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1999
RecordedMatrix and Maison Rouge recording studios
GenreSynthpop[1]
Length56:54
LabelBlue Star Music
ProducerKenny Jones, Marc Almond
Marc Almond chronology
Fantastic Star
(1996)
Open All Night
(1999)
Stranger Things
(2001)
Singles from Open All Night
  1. ""Black Kiss""
    Released: October 1998
  2. ""Tragedy (Take a Look and See)""
    Released: March 1999
  3. ""My Love (Dave Ball remix)""
    Released: November 1999

Open All Night is the tenth solo studio album by the British singer/songwriter Marc Almond. It was released by Blue Star Music in March 1999.

Background[edit]

Following the moderate success of Fantastic Star Almond left his record label and released Open All Night on Blue Star Music, an independent label he founded for the purpose. The album features collaborations with Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie (from The Creatures) on the track "Threat of Love" and with Kelli Ali, who was at that time the lead vocalist of the band Sneaker Pimps, on the track "Almost Diamonds". "Tragedy", "Black Kiss" and "My Love" were released as singles, but they did not chart.[1]

The American release of the album came with the bonus track "Beautiful Losers".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
NME7/10 stars[3]
Hot Press9/12 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[5]
Release Magazine8/10[6]

The NME describe the songs on Open All Night as inhabiting "an evocative Brel-meets-Barry landscape" with a "midnight blue melancholy".[3] Touching on similar themes the review from Hot Press describes Open All Night's "lush decadence and tragic dissolution".[4] Elsewhere, reviewer Keith Phipps in his review for The A.V. Club magazine states that "Almond's songs have a creepy, dark quality" on this album.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Night & Dark" (Marc Almond, Neal Whitmore) – 6:10
  2. "Bedroom Shrine" (Almond, Oskar Paul) – 4:32
  3. "Tragedy (Take a Look and See)" (Almond, Whitmore) – 5:01
  4. "Black Kiss" (Almond, Whitmore) – 3:35
  5. "Almost Diamonds" (Almond, Whitmore, Kelli Ali) – 5:16
    • Guest Appearance Kelli Ali
  6. "Scarlet Bedroom" (Almond, John Green) – 3:06
  7. "My Love" (Almond, Whitmore) – 3:45
  8. "Heart in Velvet" (Almond, Whitmore) – 4:14
  9. "Open All Night" (Almond, Whitmore) – 5:20
  10. "Threat of Love" (Almond, Whitmore) – 4:41
  11. "Bad People Kiss" (Almond, Douglass) – 3:34
  12. "Sleepwalker" (Almond, Whitmore) – 4:19
  13. "Midnight Soul" (Almond) – 3:51
Bonus track (in USA)
  1. "Beautiful Losers" (Almond)  – 4:57

Personnel[edit]

  • Marc Almond – vocals and vocal arrangements
  • Neal X – guitar, effects, additional programming and assistant production
  • Glen Scott – hammond organ, wurlitzer, piano and keyboards
  • John Green – extra keyboards, string keyboards, pre-production and demo programming
  • Rick May – bass and double bass
  • Bill Miskimmin – harmonica
  • Oliver Langford – violin
  • Vladimir Asriev – violin
  • Igor Outkine – accordion
  • Elliott Douglass – piano
  • Henrique da Silva – macumba voice
  • Jorge Batista – congas, bongos, Brazilian percussion and Orisha chant
  • Esteve Dasilva – Brazilian percussion
  • Hossam Ramzy – Egyptian percussion
  • Tim Sanders – tenor saxophone
  • Roddy Lorimer – trumpet
  • Simon Clarke – alto saxophone
  • Rebecca S Doe – string arrangement
  • Oliver Kraus – cello
  • Lucy Wilkins – violin
  • Sophie Sirota – viola
  • Ann-Marie Gilkes – backing vocals
  • Angela Morel – backing vocals
  • M Stewart – backing vocals
  • Richard Wayler – backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Marc Almond Steps Into The Light". Billboard. 2 July 2001. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Phipps, Keith (19 April 2015). "Open All Night". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Open All Night". NME. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Murphy, Adrienne (12 May 1999). "Open All Night". Hot Press. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  6. ^ NOHEDEN, KRISTOFFER. "Marc Almond: Open All Night". releasemagazine.net. Retrieved May 21, 2019.