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Antony & The Johnsons keep The Crying Light

Antony Hegarty is by far one of my favorite voices in music (along with Tinderstick's Stuart Staples, Tom Waits and Tori Amos). After his debut in 2000 with Antony and the Johnsons (mainstream re-release on Secretly Canadian in 2004) and masterpiece follow-up I Am a Bird Now in 2005, a lot of people have been on the wait for his comeback (especially after his hit successful collaboration with Hercules and the Love Affair last year).

On January 21st Antony is releasing his 3rd studio album titled The Crying Light, which includes a couple of songs from his Another World EP that was released a couple of months ago. And although I've had a copy of it for a couple of weeks now, I just found the time and serenity to give it a dedicated go (you can never rush into an Antony record).

The Crying Light is by far Antony's more melodic and emotional album to date. While feeling despair and melancholy are still dominant, the record also allows glimpses of light and hope. Antony's voice is again on the forefront on all tracks (as it should) while the music charmingly backs him up. If we are to be a bit skeptic, the album has an amazing homogeneity but this is also it's main drawback. All of the tracks offer a dreamy trip through sorrow and pain but no single one really stands out as was the case with his sophomore release. To others however, this may prove the real high point of the record, since it's by far his most detailed and solid work so far. Only exception to this is Aeon, which sets a stronger more powerful pace. One thing's for certain; Antony has once again sincerely opened up and offered us another set of tracks to haunt our thoughts and dreams during the endless hours.

PS. The album art features a 1977 portrait of renowned Butoh dancer, Kazuo Ohno (to whom Antony has dedicated the album)here in the usual awful quality

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  • Αυτό θα πάει σίγουρα πολύ ψηλά!!!

  • Όντως...και εμένα η κολεκτίβα δύσκολα θα φτάσει στο τοπ 10...για πιο κάτω το βλέπω (αλλά είναι νωρίς ακόμα για τέτοια)...αντίθετα ο άντονυ πάει για ψηλά!!

  • hello!
    καλο ηταν του antony αρκετα ομως κατωτερο απο τα 2 προηγουμενα.
    οσο για τους animal collective ηταν και αυτο καλο αλλα χρειαζεται να εχεις αντοχες!

    περιμενω telefon tel aviv!εμενα παντως μου αρεσε αρκετα!

    σε αντιθεση με τους asobi seksu που ηταν λιγο απογοητευτικο...

    αν θες τσεκαρε τους cloud cult...πιστευω θα σου αρεσουν!

    αυτα τα λιγα!

  • Magnificient album, he is one of my favourite artist, He Is The Artist !!

  • Thanks...I just love anthony's voice..still remember his live show here in athens...just incredible...

  • Yes its voici is so moving? I adore him and I've just bought this album, it makes me cry.

  • Απίστευτος δίσκος...τον τίμησα και στο πρώτο mix για το 2009

  • saab@ indeed....all his work is so moving

    elafini@ πόσα mix να περιμένουμε για το 2009? :-)

  • Πέρυσι χαλάρωσα αρκετά...λέω να επανορθώσω φέτος ;)

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