â€œBefore the rapt audiences eyes (and within our delighted ears), Antony had become an unnamed creature in a freshly born world.â€ -Los Angeles Times, 10/15/08
â€œThis isn’t a heart breaking; it’s a heart waking…â€ -The Oregonian, 9/8/2008
â€œAntony has moved on to a transformed sound still more beautiful. Joining him in the shadows was breathtaking.â€ â€“Evening Standard, 10/31/08
â€œThis latest reinvention means his own legend is assured.â€ -UK Guardian, 11/3/08
Antony and the Johnsons’ breakthrough second album â€œI Am a Bird Nowâ€ (2005, Secretly Canadian) won the UKâ€™s prestigious Mercury Prize in 2005. The success that followed introduced many to a pioneering soul singer unafraid to explore themes that traversed darkness and light, life and death, male and female. Antonyâ€™s inimitable voice sparked the interest of artists ranging from Bjork to Hercules and Love Affair, resulting in a series of critically acclaimed collaborations.
â€œThe Crying Lightâ€ is the highly anticipated full-length follow-up to â€œI Am a Bird Nowâ€. Here, Antony shifts the thematic focus and explores his relationship with the natural world. The intimacy of the Johnsonsâ€™ sound is enveloped by avant-classical composer Nico Muhlyâ€™s symphonic arrangements. The first moments of â€œHer Eyes Are Underneath the Groundâ€ unveil an animist world in which the leaves are winking and the sun â€œâ€¦dances crystals in my eyes.â€ The joyful ricochets of â€œKiss My Nameâ€ and the spiraling waltz of â€œEpilepsy Is Dancingâ€ are to follow. The recordâ€™s centerpiece, â€œAnother Worldâ€ traces the singerâ€™s despair in the face of a vanishing landscape. The striking vocal on â€œDust and Waterâ€ seems to sooth the mind like an unfurling and pastoral â€œEvergladeâ€ concludes the album, Antony stepping beyond the confines of his loneliness and into the landscape to find that his â€œâ€¦Limbs (have) stopped Crying for Homeâ€¦â€ Antony falls into a reverie and seems join the legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose eerie portrait graces the cover of The Crying Light â€œ.
Antony and the Johnsonsâ€™ music bridges the gap between avant-classical music and the blues, and the bandâ€™s sold out performances have resulted in standing ovations from Carnegie Hall to the Apollo. â€œThe Crying Lightâ€ is a soul-stirring new work with its daring compositions and captivating vocal performances. The Crying Light may even become one of those albums that becomes emblematic of its time, a reflection of the momentous changes that we are facing, within each of our private worlds as well as collectively, and how we are summoning the courage to start moving through them.