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Antony and the Johnsons

  • I Am a Bird Now [Secretly Canadian, 2005] B-
  • Another World [Secretly Canadian, 2008] Dud
  • The Crying Light [Secretly Canadian, 2009] Dud

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I Am a Bird Now [Secretly Canadian, 2005]
Whose voice touches who is personal, but that doesn't mean Antony will ever reach as many humans as Aretha Franklin or Billie Holiday, and up against the archer Bryan Ferry, the artier Rufus Wainwright, and the grander Nina Simone, objective physical differences manifest themselves: he's thinner, drier, more strained. Not only is his willingness to express emotion commoner than indie denizens imagine, his failure to undercut that emotion with irony or humor is a spiritual weakness. Right, he suffers. But billions of humans have it worse, and while we who are luckier are morally obliged to remember that, we're not obliged to empathize with any of them. Those convinced of the metaphoric-political centrality of transgender issues and the AIDS epidemic will feel Antony's songs. Those who don't should find a record they enjoy. B-

Another World [Secretly Canadian, 2008] Dud

The Crying Light [Secretly Canadian, 2009] Dud