Tenement Symphony (subtitled Kies und Glanz • Grit and Glitter • Grès et Paillettes) is the seventh studio album by the British singer/songwriter Marc Almond. It was released in 1991 and reached number thirty-nine on the UK Albums Chart. Tenement Symphony includes the singles "Jacky", "My Hand Over My Heart" and "The Days of Pearly Spencer.
Almond with former La Magia and Willing Sinners member Billy McGee and briefly reunited with his former Soft Cell bandmate David Ball accompanied by studio musicians recorded the songs for album at Maison Rouge, Sarm West Studios, Fishermans Room, Berlin, CTS Studios, Berwick St Studios, RAK, Pacific Studios. The album is divided into two sections; 'Grit' and 'Glitter'. The first five songs constituted the 'Grit' and were produced by Almond, Billy McGee, Nigel Hine, and The Grid. The 'Glitter' side (the Tenement Symphony) was produced by Trevor Horn. Receiving positive reviews the album was originally released as an LP, CD and Cassette in October 1991. The album has since not been reissued. The artwork was designed by Green Ink with a cover photograph by Klanger and Boink. The album cover mimics the style of German record label Deutsche Grammophon's classical records.
Almond wrote in his autobiography that the album concept was largely down to Rob Dickins and that he did not feel the album truly reflected his artistic direction at that time, though he was pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Trevor Horn.
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