- The Crying Light

Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 23 reviews
2009 Rank: #48 / 798
USER SCORE
80
Based on
36 ratings

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86
Pitchfork

The cover of The Crying Light, the third album by Antony and the Johnsons, is strikingly similar to that of its predecessor, 2005's highly-lauded I Am a Bird Now. The latter presented a stark black-and-white shot of transvestite performer Candy Darling lying on her hospital deathbed; this time, we get an even starker image of Japanese Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, a hero of bandleader Antony Hegarty since he first spotted her on a poster while studying in France as a teenager. As Ohno leans back, wrinkled and seemingly near death himself, the flower in his hair sits in the same position as the bright blooms that hover above Darling.

MarkCooper
86
I feel like this release is often overshadowed by I Am a Bird Now, which is a shame. It is not as tragic-sounding as it, but deserves to be taken just as seriously. I think of it as I Am a Bird Now's sister album, focusing more on healing after the battle. I Am a Bird Now being the battle.
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