Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
- Claire Sawers
- 22 January 2009
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.