Alice O'Malley
Leah Greenblatt
January 14, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Crying Light

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Antony and the Johnsons
genre
Rock

We gave it an A-

In 2005, Antony and the Johnsons beat the likes of Coldplay and M.I.A. to win England?s esteemed Mercury Prize with I Am a Bird Now — an improbable amalgam of orchestral, almost funereally paced chamber pop and far-out themes (mortality, sibling rivalry, transgenderism). It’s a testament to the otherworldly talents of singer Antony Hegarty, who sounds like Nina Simone with a small tree frog in her throat, that Bird‘s follow-up, The Crying Light — a haunting collection of ballads that play like transmissions from a mournful, elegant alien — nearly equals its predecessor. A?

Download This: Listen to the song ”Another World” on the band’s MySpace

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