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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You, 11 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Swanlights (Audio CD)
We need not have worried.

If the e.p. that preceded "Swanlights" was musically conservative and came accompanied by Antony-by-numbers b-sides and debatable covers (Lennon's "Imagine"), this new album sees Mr Hegarty carefully avoiding blandness and complacency.

It is a poetic work where his artistry contracts and expands at the same time: the lyrics are shorter, haiku-style, while the compositions are longer and more symphonic, on two occasions exceeding the six- ("Swanlights") and seven-minute mark ("Christina's Farm").

"Thank You For Your Love" remains the most accessible track, and the only foray into delicious R'n'B on this release. The rest consists of ballads, mostly piano and string-driven, with occasional afro-inflected rhythm patterns ("I'm In Love") and guitars that, usually acoustic, turn electric on the title-track and sound as if Johnny Marr in his "How Soon Is Now" phase were the guest star. The real guest though is Björk, who actually takes on lead vocals on the minimal, arctic "Flétta".

This is, surprisingly, all there is to say about a musical description of "Swanlights". What is definitely more complex and will never end is the effect that all these elements combined have on the listener. Once again we are in front of an extremely touching, human, fascinating album. Once again Antony's voice resonates with luminous joy and shattering sorrow, his lyrics as always open to multifarious interpretations, his artistic status still untouched after four albums and a media glare that would have simply turned others into straw puppets (or Robbie Williams).

Therefore we can only say: dear Antony, thank you for your art. Thank you for the light you bring into our lives.
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Initial post: 20 Oct 2010 18:54:16 BDT
The Wolf says:
Beautifully articulated Gideon!

I hope you won't mind my sharing a few thoughts too.

Best Wishes

The Wolf

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2010 12:58:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Oct 2010 12:59:21 BDT
Gideon says:
Not at all, Mr Wolf. Thank you for your kind words. And rest assured, I always read your reviews whenever I see them. Even if sometimes I don't agree musically, I always agree with your style and the way you write about music.

Best Wishes,

Gideon
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