- The Crying Light

Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 23 reviews
2009 Rank: #49 / 771
USER SCORE
80
Based on
33 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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DETAILS

January 20, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Secretly Canadian / Label
Antony / Producer
Chamber Pop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 24 - A.V. Club
# 35 - Amazon
# 40 - MOJO
# 39 - musicOMH
# 33 - No Ripcord
# 44 - NPR
# 16 - Pitchfork
# 18 - Spin
# 50 - Stereogum
# 50 - Tiny Mix Tapes
Track List
  1. Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground
  2. Epilepsy Is Dancing
  3. One Dove
  4. Kiss My Name
  5. The Crying Light
  6. Another World
  7. Daylight and the Sun
  8. Aeon
  9. Dust and Water
  10. Everglade
Contributions By
patton, erik, philthy
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