I, like most fans of Antony, was excited about this album. After all, the first three were incredible, and actually, The Crying Light had been his best yet. As far as I was concerned, the recent EP was good enough to keep me interested, but hardly a sign of Antony flexing his creative muscles, so I was expecting something magical to counteract something uncharacteristically dull as a taster.
Long-term fans, therefore, may be a bit disappointed. Songs like Ghost are powerful, majestic signs of Antony on form, but songs such as the title track go on far too long, incidentally, as does the first single, which is by far the weakest track on the album. Thank You for Your Love won't win any awards, largely because it sounds like every other pop song out there. Antony's vocals make a bit of a difference (his emotive warble makes anything sound a little distinctive), but if you swapped his vocals for someone like Joe McElderry or Will Young, would it make a huge impact on this particular song? Probably not.
That's the frustrating thing, really. It's an album of inconsistencies, and while that may work for new fans of Antony's work, it will underwhelm fans who got taken in by I Am a Bird Now and the previous CD. You'll enjoy most of it, but if you're expecting mindblowing, beautiful music which, to be fair, won this band the Mercury Prize against all odds, you will only find it on about 6 of the 11 songs here. Not bad, but certainly not gripping in the way the first three records were, from my perspective.