Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2009 Ratings: #33 / 879
Year End Rank: #35
User Score
Based on 92 ratings
2009 Ratings: #51
Liked by 2 people
January 20, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Secretly Canadian / Label
Chamber Pop / Genres
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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.

Having stimulated the interest of a larger audience, Antony feels that the right time has come to expand his/her natural melodrama in width instead of depth.
I feel like this release is often overshadowed by I Am a Bird Now, which is a shame. It is not as tragic-sounding, 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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