Marc Almond - Ten Plagues Review and Music Video

Rating: 6/10 - Love and death during the Great Plague Playwright Mark Ravenhill and composerConor Mitchell’s song cycle about the 1665 bubonic plague debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 before moving to Wilton’s Music Hall in Tower Hamlets, East London. Written specifically for Almond, it followed a year in the life of a London-dwelling survivor and his struggle to come to terms with the death of friends and family, and the near destruction of his city. Accompanied only by piano in this studio recording, Almond has certainly been in better voice, although he still manages to bring enormous depth and poignancy to Ravenhill’s libretto and its echoes of the AIDS crisis.