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Crying Light, the [Import]

Antony and the Johnsons Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B001PPLHUQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANTONY - SUPERB 28 May 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Yet again, Antony has not disappointed us. This album brought tears to my eyes. I have yet to listen to any other artist who I can compare to Antony's utter brilliance. Not only do you have Antony's fantastic voice, the band is truely fabulous too. The music is hauntingly beautiful. I loved this long awaited new album and can't wait for the next one. I was lucky enough to see Antony and the Johnsons last weekend at Birmingham Symphony Hall and I was mesmerised. I had tears in my eyes, the music blew me away, as did, as always Antony's voice. Come back soon Antony, there is no-one else to match you. I could have listened all night.
If you haven't listened to Antony and the Johnsons before, buy this album and see for yourself. They are like no other - thankfully. Never stop Antony, you are my hero.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice, what a music, music form the heart 28 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
I never heard of antony before i saw him on the tv in holland. He played with the metropool orchestra, it was a revelation.

He looked kinda strange, in a white dress, but when he started to sing, i was mesmerized. I could not change the station anymore, i had to listen.

I bought all his work the following day, it is such a intense feeling to listen to him sing. It's music from the heart to the heart
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely strange and strangely compelling 25 Jan 2009
By Mr. Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
And now for something completely different. I always think it is wrong when writing reviews to assume that everyone reading them is knowledgeable about that particular artist. There are still relatively few people aware of the work of Anthony Hegarty despite the originality of his 2005 Mercury Prize winner "I Am A Bird Now". It's certainly worth checking out. This is the follow up. It's difficult to describe Hegarty's voice. Probably Nina Simone is the closest in sound and that alone might give you some idea of the gender bending involved here and previously.

This is a difficult album to comment on as it's a mixture of under-stated songs about flowers and the world in general mixed with theatricality. You have to delve beyond the sparseness of some of the music and melodies. There's nothing comfortable about what Antony delivers.

On Epilepsy is Dancing he opines "cut me in quadrants, leave me in the corner." Lyrically it's an expansive album about freedom, peace, life and death. The collection of songs is dedicated to Japanese butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno. Apparently butoh is a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance inspired by Ankoku Butoh (so now you know). Thank goodness that there are people in this world prepared to push the boundaries of art and music. Antony and the Johnsons do it in a subtle and undemanding way amidst some strange instrumentation. Give this one a try. You'll either love it or hate it.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Healing Light 19 Jan 2009
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
There are very few artists alive in our crumbling world today
who are able to juggle the differences between pain and pleasure,
between hope and futility and between the intensly personal
and the fragile universal as can Antony Hegarty.

We already had a small glimpse of what was to come with the title
track of 2008's five-track realease 'Another World', included
once again as a part of this extraordinary new album 'The Crying Light'.

The ten songs performed here both consolidates familiar territory
yet also transports us into rich new emotional landscapes.

Mr Hegarty's power to break our hearts and stir our spirits with
his almost disembodied vibrato is once again centre stage.

Some of the songs bear comparison with works by early composers
such as Byrd, Dowland and Tallis. Haunted, haunting and timeless.

Title track 'The Crying Light' would not have been too out of
place heard in the court of Elizabeth The First.
An incredibly plaintive lament whose fragile harmonies and subtle
orchestration place it firmly among his finest compositions.

'Her Eyes Are Underneath The Ground' is another exquisite jewel
of a song - Julia Kent's cello accompaniment and string arrangement
are both affecting and economical.

Thoughout, the album is blessed with some of the
most able and sensitive musical support that an
artist could ever hope to have around him.

Final track (and for my money the finest song in this collection)
'Everglade' literally soars out of the speakers in transcendent,
overwhelming waves of luminous positive energy.

The project's artwork is, as ever was, both disquieting,
enigmatic and strangely moving. Stark questions left unanswered.

This is music to shine a healing as well as a crying light.

Essential.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm return. 9 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
In total, as people have mentioned previously, this is more lush in terms of the arrangement. not only that makes this album a delightful next step from "I am a bird now" but also the entire album feels far warmer. more positive. not particularly uplifting in song content but it doesn't feel as alienated as previous Antony works.

Another thing I think should be pointed out, possibly due to Antony being the voice on all the songs contained on the album, this is far more structured and flowing. still surprising and beautiful, but also considered and very very easy to take in.

all in all it has actually been a far bigger success than I anticipated and I deeply enjoy the entire record.

See what you think, Enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Case in bad condition, disc in good condition though
They did say the case wouldn't be perfect condition but it was cracked and the two halves fall apart every time I open it, probably would have wanted a bit better condition for the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rosie Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars 5*
This has been my favorite album for a long time, and having it in vinyl is amazing. The cover art is simply outstanding and the product arrived without any problems.
Published 5 months ago by André Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
It would be possible to write much in the way of ecstatic praise about this album. But any amount of words could not equal its strength. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Julie D
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful unique music
I love Anthony and the Johnsons and this is one of their best albums yet.Wonderful orchestral arrangments and that fabulous emotional sensitive voice
Published 20 months ago by RuthD
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Crying Light" is simply beautiful
A handful of artists are able to take your breath away when they sing, perform and compose - Antony And The Johnsons are able to do just that. Read more
Published on 30 July 2012 by Amillionmiles
4.0 out of 5 stars My mum loves it!
I bought this CD for my mum for her birthday and she was so happy! :) I don't think it's the best out of all his CD's but it's definitely one to add to the collection!
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by AbiKnee
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another wonderful album
Antony and the Johnsons have done it again - yet more mesmerising beauty and wonderful music to leave fans drooling and wanting more.... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by Mr. C. Mclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop cd
A surprise. The reviews for this album were grudging. I thought that it lived up to the promise of the first album and more.
Published on 20 April 2010 by G. Callan
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 15 Mar 2010 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars inspired
A very rare listening experience to hear a voice capable of painting beautiful masterpieces ,a lovely piece of work , inspired and straight from the heart ..
Published on 20 Feb 2010 by Mr. J. Fulton
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