Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light (3 stars)

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Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light

(Rough Trade)

BAROQUE POP

Mr Hegarty returns, with his mesmerising whine and theatrical warble grabbing the back of the neck like frosty fingers. The follow up to the Mercury prize-winning I am a Bird Now explores the spaces between male and female, shelter and despair, but where former collaborations (with Hercules and Love Affair or Björk, who thought Hegarty was a black woman after hearing his voice) contrasted his eerily soothing voice against experimental melodies or camp electro-disco, his AATJ work seems much less interesting. Too often, Nico Muhly’s orchestral arrangements steer Hegarty’s histrionic melodrama towards emo over-indulgence and away from off-kilter energy and innovation.

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