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Antony and The Johnsons
Cut the World [live] - SECRETLY CANADIAN
FILTER Grade: 87%

By Ken Scrudato on August 7, 2012

 

Antony and The Johnsons

While the power of Antony Hegarty’s vocal performances had arguably relied on the raw simplicity of the accompaniment, there was always a sense that, if given wings, the songs would soar to empyrean reaches. And this live, symphonic recording with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra bears that out to dazzling and devastating effect. “Cripple and the Starfish” (Antony and the Johnsons), “You Are My Sister” (I Am a Bird Now) and “Epilepsy Is Dancing” (The Crying Light) take on new and epic beauties. As Antony divinely declaims on “Swanlights,” as if all existence depended on him: “Oh, it’s such a mystery to me.” Us, too, Mr. Hegarty.

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