Antony and the Johnson’s breakthrough second album ‘I Am a Bird Now’ won the UK’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. Antony’s inimitable voice sparked the interest of artists ranging from Bjork to Hercules and Love Affair, resulting in a series of critically acclaimed collaborations. ‘The Crying Light’ is the highly anticipated full-length follow-up to ‘I Am a Bird Now’. Here, Antony shifts the thematic focus and explores his relationship with the natural world. The intimacy of the Johnsons’ sound is enveloped by the symphonic arrangements of Antony, Nico Muhly, Doug Weiselman, and Maxim Moston. The record’s centerpiece, “Another World” traces the singer’s dispair in the face of a vanishing landscape. Antony and the Johnsons’ music bridges the gap between avant-classical music and the blues, and the band’s sold out performances have resulted in standing ovations from Carnegie Hall to the Apollo. ‘The Crying Light’ is a soul-stirring new work with its daring compositions and captivating vocal performances. Antony and the Johnsons have created a subtle and timely work that brings a magical and yet changing world to the forefront of our consciousness.
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