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Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Durtro
  • ASIN: B00004TK4Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 777,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Twilight
2. Cripple and the Starfish
3. Hitler in my Heart
4. The Atrocities
5. River of Sorrow
6. Rapture
7. Deeper than Love
8. Divine
9. Blue Angel

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Antony and the Johnsons
Antony and the Johnsons is the self-titled debut release from the English-born singer on David Tibet's DURTRO label and distributed internationally by World Serpent.

In 1997, Antony assembled the Johnsons orchestra to record and perform material that he had originally developed in late-night cabarets at the Pyramid Club in New York City. He presented a series of concerts with the Johnsons in 1999, mainly at Knitting Factory. Antony is now an artist-in-residence at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, where he is performing twice a month throughout the spring. Additionally, Antony recently sang his song "Rapture" in Steve Buscemi's upcoming film Animal Factory and was featured in TimeOut NY as one of "20 People to Watch in 2000."

As a performer, Antony has been compared to everyone from Brian Ferry and Nina Simone to Klaus Nomi and Lotte Lenya. His songs are alarmingly beautiful, sorrowful, gospel-inspired, and transformative. The instrumentation features piano, strings, drums, bass, flute, sax, clarinet and harp.

"Blessed with an absolutely hypnotic singing voice…" TIMEOUT New York

"ALBUM OF THE MONTH...Antony's debut album has an emotional density that's close to claustrophobic...Jaws will drop...holy, awesome, angelic. I'm in rapture." GAY TIMES LONDON May 2000

"Marvelously decadent… massively melancholy…" NEW YORK PRESS

"Antony sings the darkest shade of the blues" PAPER MAGAZINE

"Part Evel Kneivel and part Maria Callas, Antony plays out with a kind of death-defying bravery the gestures of opening himself to the world...Easily one of the best shows I've seen in years." THE BRAIN

"Every emotion in the planet is in that gorgeous voice." Diamanda Galas


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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Debut of An Amazing Artist 21 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you read the reviews of any of Antony's albums and EPs, here or the UK site, you may find that being rendered speechless after listening to his music is mentioned frequently. I consider this not only accurate but also likely to happen to anyone who may listen to this, his debut, album or its follow-up, the Mercury Prize winner "I Am A Bird Now."
It has been a long time since a singer or songwriter -Antony is both- has moved me so deeply with the dramatic range of his voice, the enveloping depth of his melodies or the courage of his words.
Just consider "Cripple And The Starfish" and "Hitler In My Heart," the second and third cuts, that -particularly if listened together- will absolutely floor you with the tender courage of their lyrics and the glorious beauty of Antony's voice.
For those who may not know his work, I may not be able to offer the kind of references that can serve them well. In term of genre, you can't call it Pop or Alternative, for instance, and expect to have a reliable idea of what you'll hear. If I have to put a style label to this music I'd have to coin a new one, "Alterative," because that's exactly what it might do to you: alter you.
Finally, since I haven't mentioned them yet, a word about The Johnsons. Their sound -almost a chamber ensemble, with the addition of drums and bass- is particularly suited for this music and exquisitely performed. "Divine," a beautiful tribute to the star of many John Waters films, "Twilight" and "The Atrocities" are another three great examples of the band's gift for accompanying Antony.
Although, to my taste, I Am A Bird Now of some songs in the recent EPs (I've reviewed them too, in their pages- may be even more mature statements, this album must be given your full attention. This is a solid five-star album and the first powerful document of an amazing new voice.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning 27 Aug 2005
By S. Vasicek VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
More & more people are now becoming aware of Antony & the Johnsons. Their second album, 'I Am A Bird Now' has been nominated for the Mercury prize & I'm sure their popularity will grow. As a result people will want to find out more about them & look for any previous albums they may have released. Well, this is the previous album & I'm going to tell you about it!
Antonys voice is haunting, emotional, beautiful & totally unique. His lyrics & the music are the same. It doesn't matter what you're in to, whether it's rock, dance, rap, whatever, this record will grab your attention & hold it for the full 35minute (exact) duration. It's an experience you won't get too often with much of todays new music.
'Cripple and the Starfish' is the most stunning song I've ever heard & 'Hitler in My Heart' is dark & moody yet dripping with brilliance. Each of the other 7 songs are all in the same vain.
Ok, so you've figured out there's just 9 songs on this album & initially I too thought that that ain't many songs but believe me it isn't an issue. I promise you you won't be disappointed with what's on offer.
If you've heard 'I Am A Bird Now' & liked it then you'll love this 100 times greater & if you have absolutely no idea who Antony & the Johnsons are then buy this album & be enlightened. This is one of my favourite records ever & I can't recommend it highly enough!
-PS. I'm an 18 year old boy into everything from System Of A Down to DJ Shadow so even if this isn't normally your sort of thing you WILL be pleasantly surprised.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and beautiful 16 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed being both shocked and amazed by this album. I couldn't believe what happened next, through every track.
I waited half and hour and had to hear it again to believe my ears.
This is a wonderful album which will reward repeated listening.
Antony is one of the worlds true musical artists. If you enjoyed I Am A Bird Now (and I'm assuming most people heard this Mercury Award winning album first) this album will take you deeper into Antony's world.
Prepare to be amazed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing. 16 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
Really, no words can describe this CD. It is the most tragic and beautiful collection of songs I have ever heard in my short life. Setting the mood with eerie opener 'Twilight' Antony and his Johnsons could not have got off to a better start. A dark song, with an echoing crescendo. 'Cripple and the Starfish' follows, and this would probably be my favourite. Just listen to it. Song three, 'Hitler in my Heart' has the most beautiful ending a song could ever have. I could go on, but do yourself a favour: Get the CD, turn the lights out, and lay down on the bed. And listen.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a start. 25 Sep 2005
By Mr. P. Tanner VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
You may find some of the analogies in the lyrics a little odd at first, but persevere. A stunning start to what should be a stunning career follows. Antony's voice is something to behold.
With songs like "The Cripple and the Starfish" and "Hitler in my Heart" Antony really opens up his personal torment in a way that is completely compelling.
As with their second album "I am a Bird Now" Antony steals what is, on the whole, a pretty impressive show. His voice and their style are something different and special. I can only recommend that you get hold of this, it is an amazing album. And, afterall, who are we to argue with Lou Reed? Stunning.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelic Expression... 18 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
I cant stress enuf - this is wonderful music made by a wonderfully creative and daring man. He is alive and full of exciting expressions of his expereince of living.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Antony and the Johnsons
After buying `I Am A Bird Now' and being completely captivated I quickly went out and bought the self titled debut CD by Antony and the Johnsons and if you enjoyed their second... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2010 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this World
Anthony and the Johnsons is really nothing like what I've heard before. It's just out of this world! It brings you in other spheres you've ever been before!
Published on 30 Oct 2009 by W. L. J. Laar
5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE NO OTHER
Antony's voice is like no other, beautiful. This album is truely gorgeous. I saw Antony and the Johnsons last weekend at Birmingham Symphomy Hall and was blown away. Read more
Published on 28 May 2009 by H. L. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting - but approach with caution
amount of tracks:9
excellent:6
v.good:0
good:3
fair:0
poor:0

heard so much about this guy that i had to check this out. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2007 by The evil hippy
1.0 out of 5 stars You've gone the wrong way!
Over-rated, stale and bland. You deserve so much more, just keep
searching and you'll get there!
Published on 11 Feb 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I bought this album after being amazed and overwhelmed by the subtle flair and haunting beauty of "I Am a Bird Now". Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2005 by M. Loveday
4.0 out of 5 stars This is my first EVER review
To be honest i came about this by accident AFTER the mercury music prize alerted me to his prescence. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2005 by "rupeshbhagat"
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I had not heard of Antony and the Johnsons until they won the Mercury Music Prize. I bought this album after hearing just a few seconds of Antony's voice on the radio. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
I love this guy and his music.He moves me to tears.It is just so profound and beautiful,and his great love of cello and violin is a haunting addition that makes the experience... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2005 by C. Behr
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