Despite the release of a third single, "Either", Thieves split acrimoniously in 1994 shortly before the release of their first album. Following legal wrangling, the album was eventually released as the debut David McAlmont album (under the project name and album title of McAlmont). Despite some very positive press attention, much of it still focussing on McAlmont's startling voice (Melody Maker journalist Taylor Parkes commented "One day he will open his mouth and a cathedral will fall out"), the album did not sell particularly well.
McAlmont and Butler did not tour and made only two public performances; one small show at the Hanover Grand and one appearance on BBC Television's Top of the Pops. They also performed "Yes" on the BBC TV show Later with Jools Holland. Another single, "You Do", was released later that year, and peaked at number 17. Shortly after McAlmont and Butler went their separate ways in an acrimonious split, which was the subject of much music press coverage and speculation.
The producer David Arnold then worked with him on a version of "Diamonds Are Forever", for which McAlmont appeared in a camp video, dressed in a white cat-suit trimmed with fur and feathers. They went on to work together in 1998 on McAlmont's second album A Little Communication (arguably his first true solo album).
In the years that followed McAlmont worked occasionally with Ultramarine and Craig Armstrong, and prepared his third album Be. Although hailed by The Guardian as "Britain's first Zen Pop album" it was shelved by his record label, Hut Records, which also chose to drop McAlmont from its artist roster. Although the album has yet to be released, some demo discs occasionally change hands at premium prices.
In 2001 Bernard Butler found himself writing songs that suggested the voice of McAlmont. They got back together, were signed by EMI and created the album Bring It Back (2002) which spawned two single releases, "Falling" and "Bring it Back". This time they were more conventional in their approach to the music industry, and took part in interviews, and completed a series of public performances throughout 2002.
In 2007 McAlmont provided backing vocals for Gabrielle's album, with Paul Weller on a song called "Why" which sampled Weller's "Wild Wood". Bernard Butler approached McAlmont to provide backing vocals for Duffy on Rockferry and for Sharleen Spiteri.
A Little Communication his follow-up to the first McAlmont And Butler album was digitally reissued on the 23 June 2008 on ITunes etc. A performance of the complete album will be hosted by the London Jazz Festival on the 16 November at The Jazz Cafe in Camden.