SOFT CELL star Marc Almond is staging an emotional comeback after a near fatal motorbike smash left him unable to walk, talk and sing.

The TAINTED LOVE singer suffered massive head injuries in the crash last October (04) and feared he would never be able to perform again.

But the plucky 49-year-old is now working on a new album and set to tour with jazz star Jools Holland next month (OCT05).

He says, "My speech has definitely been affected and I've had to have voice coaching. I've suffered post-traumatic stress and walking is harder too.

"It has been a slow recovery and I'm still going through it, but I'm being positive."