The Crying Light
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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...???Read more ›
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.
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".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 20 months ago by Camille Kraemer
Introspective, universal, ethereal.This is what I have come to expect from Antony and the Johnsons, and they do not disappoint.Published on September 1, 2013 by V. Zaleski
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 morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Spider Monkey
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 morePublished on December 16, 2009 by Angela Perrin
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 morePublished on December 11, 2009 by Dew
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