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.