contemporary art, culture and criticism from a Jewish-Eskimo in the Pacific Northwest.
Antony and The Johnsons- The Crying Light
The painfully pure and fiercely bold voice of Antony Hegarty takes center stage on Antony and the Johnson's new l.p. The Crying Light, the follow up to the critically acclaimed masterpiece I am A Bird Now. The album is a redemptive song cycle exploring themes of nature, hope and healing. The center piece Another World was previously released on the Another World e.p. but here in the context of this setting it is even more powerful. Musically it is a neoclassical affair, with pared down strings and piano but the uplifting hymnal quality of each track transcends genres and style and makes for an almost religious experience. While previous albums mined the darker terrain of sexual dysfunction, gender identity, abuse and mortality, The Crying Light if nothing else seems to be about the power to be reborn and healed by the Earth itself.
Posted by Andrew klaus-Vineyard at Friday, January 16, 2009
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