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ANTONY and the JOHNSONS:I AM A BIRD NOW

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Published July 8, 2005

The first time you hear Antony’s voice, a gothic church-going blues instrument that sounds both pure and profoundly experienced, you think this is out of this world. In fact, you’re sure you’re hearing Al Green’s protégé, until you read the packaging or get a good listen to the lyrics—unfortunately, the packaging and image come before you hear the lyrics far too often. Were it not for the fact that very few people on earth can generate the tone that Antony delivers, he would be extremely influential. As it is, this second disc, I Am a Bird Now, should get a spot next to the aforementioned Reverend Green and Tom Waits in the Essential Rain Day music collection that anyone living in Iceland should maintain. Rufus Wainwright and Boy George guest on this album, but, impressive as they are, they serve more to remind you of how far Antony moved from his influences.
Worth six beers. Costs four beers.


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