Antony and the Johnsons third studio album came out today. The very first time I heard Hegarty’s voice (upon the release of Hope There’s Someone), it was a bitterly cold Monday evening in December – the darkness, the depth, the feeling unparalleled.
On October 30, 2008 at the Barbican, London, Antony and the Johnsons and The London Symphony Orchestra’s live performance of Cripple and the Starfish amongst others brought me to tears. This was the same night that I heard the first excerpts from The Crying Light and the preceding EP Another World.
The Crying Light has earned worldwide acclaim and criticism hand-in-hand. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian awarded the album 3/5*, where he states that, “The album’s big problem is not a lack of quality; it’s the feeling that you’ve been here before, or you’ve been somewhere so like here as to make little difference.”
What is so wrong with wanting to go there again? I want to and so does Malcolm MacKenzie, music editor of thelondonpaper. Malcolm had the honour (along with numerous other media outlets on the back of a recent PR blitz including Attitude and i-D magazines) of interviewing Antony Hegarty and discussing the album, labels and Beyoncé. Malcolm was privy to a live cover of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love at the Barbican on the same night I was. He describes the rendition as “phenomenal”. When asked whether it will get a release, Antony responds “I tried to record it, but it didn’t have the same… maybe. I love that song and I like Beyoncé a lot. I think she’s fantastic. Is that bad.”
Haunting, philosophical and pained, The Crying Light is out today.
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