Antony And The Johnsons’ Album Is Not Exactly The Feel-Good Record Of The Year

Jan 20th, 2009 // 7 Comments

Our look at the closing lines of reviews of the week’s biggest new music continues with a look at reactions to the new album by Antony and the Johnsons, The Crying Light, which arrives in stores today:

• “In fact, the song’s redemptive tone inspires similarly wild thoughts about the future. If Hegarty can craft an album this stunning about the path to paradise, just imagine how great the next one could sound, once he’s actually there.” [Pitchfork]

• “Those who’ve derided Hegarty as some warbling joke who’s spent too much time eating his feelings, take note: he’s no hapless dilettante. With The Crying Light Antony And The Johnsons continue to explore the creative boundaries of pop while covering all emotional bases. For that, they should be celebrated.” [NME]

• “When vocalist Antony Hegarty, whose voice has been sailing smoothly through the peaks of his trademark falsetto, cracks (shouting more than crooning the words ‘hold that man I love so much’), it’s clear that the line refers as much to the speaker himself as to his father, his child, lover—his marriage to this woefully damaged but salvageable world. ” [Paste]

• “It’s the most emotionally affecting moment on The Crying Light, because it’s so unexpected—proof that Hegarty can still spring surprises when the initial shock of hearing a white man who sounds like a black woman has worn off.” [The Guardian]

  1. Ned Raggett

    “Those who’ve derided Hegarty as some warbling joke…

    …remain fully justified in their feelings. GARG.

  2. Chris Molanphy

    @Ned Raggett: Wow, really? Not even his vocals on “Blind” last year improved your opinion?

    I’m not to be trusted, because I adored I Am a Bird Now, but still…

  3. Marth

    Good record, for sure. I’m on the fence so far as to whether I think it’s better than I Am a Bird Now, but it’s awfully close. It at least steers clear of any borderline embarrassing moments as that one, but I also think its best moments don’t quite hit the same heights. Also, I can’t imagine another album cover more perfectly summing up the record it represents. Someone could write a review of the thing just by posting that picture.

  4. MayhemintheHood

    I had never heard Antony and The Johnsons until this morning, being as they have a new album out and I am reading about it everywhere, I figured now was a good time to seek out songs new and old. This guy’s music is definitely NOT for me…reminds me of a parody band making fun of self-serious, boring music.

  5. Ned Raggett

    @Chris Molanphy: It’s funny, I still haven’t heard that Hercules etc. album. Too much stuff to listen to! But that might qualify as the one thing I will actually like by him because everything else I’ve ever heard him do, good god.

  6. the rich girls are weeping

    Huh, well. I liked this record a lot, but as far as I can tell, I’m totally at the top of the target audience heap, you know?

  7. NeverEnough

    Words cannot describe how much I love this as a baby shirt: []

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