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Antony and the Johnsons will release their new album, "Swanlights", on October 12th in the US via Secretly Canadian. Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of "Swanlights" which will include the CD inside a 144-page art book containing Antony's paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of "Swanlights" on Secretly Canadian will also include the song "Flétta", a duet with Bjork. The album and book are a continuation of Antony's work exploring environmental issues and his connection to the natural world.

1. Everything Is New
2. The Great White Ocean
3. Ghost
4. I m In Love
5. Violetta
6. Swanlights
7. The Spirit Was Gone
8. Thank You For Your Love
9. Flétta
10. Salt Silver Oxygen
11. Christina s Farm

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B003ZJJHWK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By s.t. on October 15, 2010
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I was expecting total disappointment from Antony on this one. When I first heard "Hope There is Someone" in late 2004, I almost instantly welled up with tears; it was so powerfully, nakedly emotional, so unique and inspiring. I soon soaked up everything I could by Antony, including his various guest appearances on others' albums. And I loved everything he did. It's as if everything featuring his voice was instant gold.

2009's "The Crying Light" was a bit of a rude awakening for me, then. Many people praise that album as either equal or superior to "I am a Bird Now," but I see it as stiff and stuffy, a forced and awkward continuation of familiar themes; a parody of his former glory. It had a few moments of true beauty, but largely it seemed as if Antony was trading the fire of his art for a status as a "mature" artist.

When the single "Thank You for Your Love" was recently released, I felt as if my fears for Antony's fate were sealed. Here was more uninspired mimicry of his older songs: in this case, a more than passing resemblance to the far superior "Fistful of Love," as well as VU's "Candy Says" (which Antony has covered).

I am happy to say, then, that the album "Swanlights" is not well represented by its lead single. While not as daring as I'd like it to be, this new album makes Antony sound fresh again, and thank goodness for that.

Spacious, serene, mysterious, and boasting a wide vocal range--even dipping into the major key! Antony is singing out to the back row once again, something he hasn't done since his eponymous debut. And this one feels very cohesive, even though it's actually quite erratic.

Here's a breakdown of the tracks:

1) Everything is New: A fantastic opener.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diana Maria Nemi on April 20, 2012
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Reviewing an album by Antony and the Johnsons one assumes one is preaching to the choir. No one is going to be galvanized by Antony's voice out of the verbal persuasion to be found in a blurb like this. You love this artist or you hate him. That said, I think this is Antony at his most extraordinary and also at his most stylized and mannered. In the main, "Swanlights" is a CD of superb artistry -- from simple guitar accompaniment to full orchestration -- ie-- the London Symphony and the Danish National Orchestra make an appearance here to round out the production.

Antony is a brilliant artist with a wholly unique voice, an unassailable persona, and with acceptance in an international art world that works across platforms -- meaning Antony winds up collaborating with the likes of Nico Muhly, one of the leading young composers of the postmodern avant garde, and Bjork; he's also collaborated with Laurie Anderson (although not on this CD). Antony, this creature of the winds of cultural change, can't lose, and why should s/he? If indeed there is a paradigmatic shift underway, Antony could be seen as the drum majorette at the head of the swarm -- a key to our evolution as a band of brothers and sisters.

As for the music in "Swanlights", it oscillates from moments of haunting genius, with all its depth and mystery in shimmering evidence, particularly in the piece "Swanlights" itself. It's just perfect. Not every piece is loaded with this much luminosity and so what is less than perfect, can seem a trifle disappointing, but the disappointment doesn't last. As a listener and a thinker, you want to be on a very high level of alertness when engaging with this CD, just so you don't miss any nuance.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KA on October 18, 2010
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I was introduced to Antony through a British television show called Later With Jools, a fantastic venue where bands perform live.

At first I didn't know what to make of Antony's voice. It's so...different, yet...familiar. I took the bait and bought The Crying Light and it took a bit of time before the album hit me on the head. I admit it took me a while but I realized I was listening to someone pretty special, uniquely special and ultimately greatly special.

It's awfully hard to offer a critique of Antony's latest album (or really, any of his albums). I've yet to read a real and examined critique of Swanlights (and nor should my little critique be considered fully examined). You really do have to live with an Antony album for A WHILE before putting pen to paper but of course the media is not going to wait.

I am surprised at how much is apparently immediate to me in this album. There is something accessible to me about Antony's latest efforts. And believe me, it's not like I understand what Antony's is doing or where Antony's going with Swanlights but it seems much more effortless and accessible to me.

Antony is truly musically earnest and it works rather well. What can I say at this point? This is another great effort by Antony.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RAULCVC on November 14, 2010
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Antony and the Johnsons vuelven a darnos toda una lección de sensibilidad. Este nuevo disco nos descubre un nuevo Antony mas positivo pero como siempre cargado de sentimiento y delicadeza. La aportación de Nico Muhly en la instrumentación se nota y añade nuevos matices a la siempre emocionante música de Antony Hegarty
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