The Crying Light 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… The Crying Light 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… 2009-01-20 Antony and the Johnsons Rock
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The Crying Light (2009)

Unearthly Antony: Singer Antony Hegarty
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Unearthly Antony: Singer Antony Hegarty
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 20, 2009; Lead Performance: Antony and the Johnsons; Genre: Rock

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–

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Originally posted Jan 14, 2009 Published in issue #1031 Jan 23, 2009 Order article reprints