My review of Antony and the Johnsons’ new album The Crying Light went up on PopMatters:
The problems on The Crying Light are epitomized on “Dust and Water”, a song that sounds like Sigur Rós covering “The Circle of Life”. Interspersed between sonic gibberish are meaningless lines like “Did you think I’d leave you here forever?”. Without a tangible reference, these lines blend into the nonsense Antony sings throughout the rest of the track. “Dust and Water” ultimately shows the thematic and sonic shift from I Am a Bird Now to The Crying Light, the stripping of Antony’s emotional struggles and insecurities in an attempt to foreground his voice.
As I mentioned before, Antony’s new record has been getting a little bit of national press, but unfortunately, it’s coming for an album that is, well, mediocre at best.
Antony and the Johnsons – “Epilepsy is Dancing”