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4.0 out of 5 stars "Swanlights" is just as beautiful as any other work by Antony And The Johnsons, 18 July 2012
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Antony And The Johnsons are fantastic - Antony's vocals are very unique and haunting, the songs and melodies are always very beautiful and emotional and the artwork of each album is well thought out and appealing to the eye. This successful formula is utilised on their fourth album "Swanlights" which is yet again another masterpiece.

The opener "Everything Is New" is a lovely piano led ballad with repetitive lyrics and a strong melody. The following song "The Great White Ocean" is a very delicate and mesmerisingly beautiful acoustic guitar led ballad and is one of my favorite tracks on here. "Ghost" is much more up-tempo, its arrangements primarily comprising of a fast paced piano rhythm and flowing strings which, to me, imitate the rushing of water in a river and gusts of wind. "I'm In Love", the first track to have a drum beat, is a sweet love song with interesting swirling arrangements and quite a strange and intriguing melody. The title track "Swanlights" is quite dark and disturbing with just heavy synthesiser sounds combined with Antony's vocals for the first 3 minutes and then the addition of piano and drums for the remainder of the song. "The Spirit Was Gone" is a melancholic piano led ballad with very meaningful lyrics, a story told with emotion and passion. "Thank You For Your Love" is the most upbeat, uplifting and soulful song on this release with a distinctive Blues influence. "Fletta", featuring the ever so talented and original Bjork, is a tranquil song with light piano arrangements which automatically brings their vocals to the forefront of the song and allows them to blend together so well. "Salt Silver Oxygen" is very orchestral and magical with grandiose arrangements and heavenly vocals. The final song "Christina's Farm" is yet again another beautiful piano led ballad which portrays a haunting and heartfelt story.

Once again, Antony And The Johnsons deliver an unflawed record filled with wonderful unique songs. "Swanlights" feels as if it was constructed and pieced together like an Opera, with sequences that intertwine and unravel side by side. I have never been disappointed by a recording from Antony And The Johnsons and I hope that this continues for as long as they will be writing music. "Swanlights" is simply beautiful.
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