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The Crying Light

Antony and the JohnsonsAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Antony and the Johnsons: CUT THE WORLD is a collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band's 4 full length albums (SWANLIGHTS, THE CRYING LIGHT, I AM A BIRD NOW, S/T). Recorded in Copenhagen, DK with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, CUT THE WORLD features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Maxim Moston and Antony.

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  • Audio CD (January 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B001MW0IY8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Her Eyes Are Underneath The Ground
2. Epilepsy Is Dancing
3. One Dove
4. Kiss My Name
5. The Crying Light
6. Another World
7. Daylight And The Sun
8. Aeon
9. Dust And Water
10. Everglade

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The follow-up to "I Am A Bird Now" shifts thematic focus and explores Antony's relationship with the natural world. The intimacy of the Johnsons' sound is enveloped by avant-classical composer Nico Muhly's symphonic arrangements.


"A soul stirring new work with daring compositions and captivating vocals. This isn't a heart breaking; it's a heart waking." --The Oregonian

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antony does it again! January 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is Antony's best album yet. Though I enjoy his previous albums immensely, I have had to listen to them several times before I realized the sheer genius behind them. This album, however, I fell in love with from the first listen (which was only a few hours ago as it was officially released the day of this writing). Literally every song is a masterpiece of heartbreaking and fragile beauty. The instrumentation alone is suberb and awe-inspiring. Add to that Antony's ghostly, gentle, and emotionally-charged vibrato, and what you have is an incredible work of art that is in a league totally of its own, far surpassing the stagnant and dull world of most contemporary music. The songs here transcend all categorization, including that of "happy" or "sad." They sound instead like dispatches from "another world," a world where our petty concerns are lost in an overwhelming tide of beauty and purity. Rarely does a CD provoke such feelings in me. Thank you Antony, thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The strangest pain, the sweetest sadness January 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Let's start by saying that you either are going to love Antony's voice, or you are going to be seriously scared by it. If you have not heard "I Am a Bird Now" or any of his other works, then prepare to be challenged by something completely different. If you have heard "I Am a Bird Now", then prepare to be challenged by something very similar.

First, that voice--that wondrous, painful voice. I think that I love it, but I have to listen to this album and his music in general when I am in just the right frame of mind, or I can't take it. My wife can't listen to him at all. Antony sings in a high, wavery voice that comes on like a falsetto, but the more you listen to it, the less you are sure that it is a falsetto. Could this simply be the range in which he sings? Whatever the verdict there, be certain that it is one of the most oddly cultivated singing voices ever to make an impact in music that can vaguely be termed "popular". He has been compared to Nina Simone, and I sort of see it--but only based on his very mannered vibrato. He does not have a wide range, but he is very expressive with the narrow range that he has; at least, if you regard "constantly seems to be about to dissolve into tears of despair" as "very expressive".

The music skirts the border between art songs and pop music written by very pretentious people. Usually, he stays pretty firmly on the "art song" side of the line, but occasionally, the schmaltz overwhelms everything, and only your personal reaction to his voice will determine if it comes off as "bizarre genius" or "wha...???
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singer of rare beauty February 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Antony Hegarty came to my attention at a tribute Leonard Cohen concert and I did not know what to make of him -he just looked like this large woman with a voice of an angel. His voice can be described as smooth and brittle as porcelain. You could call him Jazz-Avante gard, channelling Marlene Dietrich- whatever, he is probably the most exciting thing out there at the moment. With three albums out there plus the disco one he did he has a body of work worth investigating- if he keeps at this rate he will one day ranked with Bessie, Billie,Ella and Nina this is how good he is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant album (4 1/2 stars) January 21, 2009
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Format:Audio CD
Antony's first album is an all-time favorite, and his second is an excellent followup...but having not loved some of his songs in concert and on the EP's and singles, I'm always nervous when he releases something new. So what's the verdict on the new album? There are definitely some standout tracks, but as a whole, it's another beautiful work of art.

I have to admit, I miss the big belt-it-out diva vocals of the first album, but I have to get used to the idea that he may not make another album like that one. And there's nothing wrong with the subtler approach that he takes on most of this album, except that occasionally during the quieter songs, I long to hear him amp it up a bit. But even the songs that I considered weak three days ago are starting to grow on me. In fact, I've listened to the album from beginning to end on a continuous loop at work for three days now, with no sign yet of tiring of it.

This may not be Antony's finest album, but it does bring us some of his finest songs. Epilepsy is Dancing, Daylight and the Sun, and Aeon are all stunning, and Dust and Water joins the short list of my favorite songs ever. Kudos to Antony for once again making some of the most powerful music of our time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artist Whose Beauty Lies In Her Rarity January 24, 2009
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The much awaited album by Antony's loyal following is finally here. I don't think any of us feared being disappointed and I can't imagine that many will be. Antony has not strayed far from what we have come to love since the first albums and ep's. There is a gentle sweep toward an even softer, gentler approach. Paired down a bit from prior releases, displaying individual instruments in ways we have not heard. Evolving but not moving further than most of us are ready for. There is still so much to lose ourselves in and Antony has touched our hearts again.

Hopefully as many as possible were able to see the recent performances with local philharmonics in selected cities. Modestly performing in silhouette with only a faint light on the face was as close to religion as many people have ever experienced. With 4 standing ovations from a crowd so diverse. From alternokids to the elderly, it was incredible to see such a group so united over an artist like Antony. And for those who don't know, he has a sense of humor that shows that he can laugh at himself and what many think are only eccentricities. At one point he shared an anecdote about the previous day's single rehearsal when he told the orchestra to pretend they were fish. And the absolute surprise and fun moment of the show was when the crowd stunningly realized he was singing Beyonce's "Crazy In Love".

A huge mistake that many make is that Antony's music is sadly lamenting something lost or a certain emptiness, but it is about lifting the spirit and being free of the conventions that stand in the way of loving ourselves and neighbors.

The only disappointment here is that with the preorder from Antony's website allowed an immediately free download entitled "My Lord My Love".
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Illegitimate son of Tiny Tim badly in need of antidepressants.
Published 3 months ago by d
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I have always loved Antony's singing voice, but this CD is not enjoyable. He's much better singing Leonard Cohen or something more enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by Camille Kraemer
5.0 out of 5 stars Antony Continues to Soar
Introspective, universal, ethereal.This is what I have come to expect from Antony and the Johnsons, and they do not disappoint.
Published 13 months ago by V. Zaleski
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crying Light
Although `The Crying Light' is another good album from Antony and the Johnsons, I have found it moves me a lot less than `I am a Bird Now' or their debut. Read more
Published on January 17, 2011 by Spider Monkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Times Through and Hooked
The first time I heard Antony's music, I really didn't know if I liked it that much. I thought that it sounded a little...well, odd. Read more
Published on December 16, 2009 by Angela Perrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and enjoyable
I can't really describe the genre of this music but it's very enjoyable. The songs tell a story like jazz but it's vocals are strong and not overwhelmed by musical instruments. Read more
Published on December 11, 2009 by Dew
1.0 out of 5 stars wtf?
This may be the biggest pile of drivel I have ever heard.Please give me my money back.
Published on September 10, 2009 by J. mason
4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort
Antony and the Johnsons is definitely an acquired taste. Bandleader Antony Hegarty sings in a disarming tone that is accentuated by an inescapable trill on almost every lyric... Read more
Published on July 9, 2009 by Greg Kinne
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