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Antony and The Johnsons
I Am A Bird Now (Secretly Canadian)

By: Alex Steininger

I Am A Bird Now, the second full-length from Antony and The Johnsons, is a mesmerizing, beautifully crafted album of elegance and timelessness. From the opening piano number "Hope There's Someone", an intimate, emotionally alive cut, a song you could imagine a beaten musician playing in a bar somewhere in New York while patrons drink and unwittingly feed the singer, while the singer feeds the crowd to drink more. To "You Are My Sister" (featuring a duet with Boy George), a melancholy number with sparse instrumentation backing up the piano. Through the more upbeat "Fistful of Love", complete with horns and a soulful demeanor, Antony and The Johnsons' second record is more intimate, and thus more immediate and easily to latch onto. It is timid and strong at the same time, wide open, yet mysteriously guarded. I Am A Bird Now is as haunting as it is beautiful, and that is why it is one of the year's best albums from one of the most promising songwriters out there today. I'll give it an A+.

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