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I am a Bird Now

Antony & The Johnsons

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   Hope There's Someone    
  2   My Lady Story    
  3   For Today I Am a Boy    
  4   Man Is the Baby    
  5   You Are My Sister    
  6   What Can I Do?    
  7   Fistful of Love    
  8   Spiralling    
  9   Free at Last    
  10   Bird Guhl    

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Surprise winner of the prestigious Mercury prize, beating out the likes of Coldplay, M.I.A, Bloc Party and Kaiser Cheifs.
From the moment this album starts, you would be forgiven for thinking you're listening to the lost Neville brother or even Nina Simone. But you're not. This is Antony (no surname, just Antony), a very tall, very white, transvestite whom reviewers are unanimously hailing as the "voice of the year" and I'm inclined to agree. He distills elements of Nina and the Nevilles (Aaron in particular), Jeff Buckly, Bryan Ferry, Tiny Tim (!), Marc Almond and Boy George into one of the freakiest and most unique voices I've heard … ever. This is "Soul" and at times even Gospel music ("My lady’s story" could be a hymn were it not for the lyrics) in some sense, but not in the uplifting way you would normally associate those terms with. Antony sings of premature death and gender confusion, but does so with a dark humour and a tainted beauty. Antony has an affinity with the sexual misfits of Warhol era New York, indeed he came to mainstream attention whilst on tour with as a backing singer with Lou Reed in 2003 and especially when he took the lead on the Velvets classic "Candy Says" (a song about Warhol acolyte and famous transsexual Candy Darling who is pictured on the cover of "I am a Bird Now" on her deathbed) during the encore. Reed returns the favour, singing with Antony on "Fistful of Love" in his usual deadpan manner. Other famous guests lend their vocal talents to this album as well; Rufus Wainwright, Devendra Banhart and Antony's hero Boy George. Speaking of the latter; I never thought I'd use the word "highlight" in the same sentence as his name, but that's exactly what "You are my Sister" – Antony's duet with George- is. This is one of the most intimate and fascinating albums of the year, and I have a feeling it's also one of the best. Absolutely glorious and highly recommended.

What others are saying:
Mojo * * * * *
Pitchfork 8.6/10
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Uncut * * * *
Rolling Stone * * * *

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Artist: Antony & The Johnsons
Album: I am a Bird Now
Cat #: URA145
Date: 16/05/2005
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Secretly Canadian
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Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , R&B/Soul
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