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Des de Moor
Press Cuttings: Darkness and Disgrace


Record Collector September 2004
Darkness and Disgrace

DES DE MOOR AND RUSSELL CHURNEY
Darkness And Disgrace

**** (out of 5)
Irregular IRR 051 (69:01)
A must-have for Bowie fans -- and diverting for non-devotees too.


A brand-leader of the snowballing English chanson movement, Barb Jungr directed the stage presentation from which this is derived. However, if Jungr is the genre's Piaf, its Dareno Moreno may be Des de Moor with his supple baritone veering from world-weary resignation to neo-operatic anguish during profound overhauls of twenty-two David Bowie selections (including a reprise), skating on the thinnest ice with a Heroes that brings to mind both Lisa Minnelli-esque divine decadence and a lederhosen-clad Bierhalle band.

Apart from that, de Moor and Churney, the album's eminence grise, select little that's especially obvious: no Space Oddity or Fame - though there's a Man Who Sold The World that's as subtle as Lulu's wasn't. Likewise, the obscurer I Have Not Been To Oxford Town refrains too from over-embroidering an in-built elegance. Yet none of these examples overshadow companion tracks that stand tall in their own right, almost as if -- as Bowie himself confessed on hearing a tape of the show -- 'someone else had written them'.

Alan Clayson



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