Antony and the Johnsons - Swanlights
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2010 Ratings: #124 / 875
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2010 Ratings: #106
October 12, 2010 / Release Date
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Secretly Canadian / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Thematically and atmospherically, it is even more successful than The Crying Light, achieving its cohesiveness with an even wider stylistic palette.

80
PopMatters

While Swanlights shares its predecessor’s themes, it shuns its insularity, with Antony stretching his arms across a vast landscape.

77
Pitchfork

Across three records and a few dozen collaborations, Antony's seemed an uncanny puppet master of grace; Swanlights, however, wobbles.

70
Drowned in Sound

It’s still an album that contains peerless highs, particularly when Antony surrenders himself completely to songs like ‘Everything Is New’ and ‘Swanlights’, but a more dynamic reconstruction of the Johnsons’ core sound would be most welcome next time around.

70
musicOMH

As with Hegarty's previous releases, there remains the sense that this is an album to be admired, rather than loved, but that's not to take anything away from the beautiful craftsmanship on display here.

daFigz
88
And I quote: "Thematically and atmospherically, it is even more successful than The Crying Light, achieving its cohesiveness with an even wider stylistic palette." - Jonathan Dean Tiny Mix Tapes
To this beginning, I'll add the success of this album is, in part, attributable to Nico Muhly.
Quite a compelling performance and display of Anohni's mesmerizing prowess as a modern music wunderkind. Frankly, 'Swanlights' continues to beguile me as the years pass and often finds me wondering ... read more
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#40/Tiny Mix Tapes

Track List

  1. Everything Is New 
  2. The Great White Ocean 
  3. Ghost 
  4. I'm in Love 
  5. Violetta 
  6. Swanlights 
  7. The Spirit Was Gone 
  8. Thank You for Your Love 
  9. Flétta (with Björk) 
  10. Salt Silver Oxygen 
  11. Christina's Farm
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