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- Swanlights by Antony & The Johnsons
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 October 2010
I really want to like Antony's stuff and for ever brilliant thing you hear, there's something equally tripe. Opener 'Everything is New' starts off lovely and simply with murmured vocals but within a few minutes she's warblin' away. It's such an acquired taste that its difficult to be subjective about it - its all dependent on how you can cope with that voice. That said this one is particularly warbly and the music is a little studied and bland for me. "One for the mums" says Phil and I'm inclined to agree, the arrangements are tasteful rather than exotic. "Ghost" is particularly impressive though with its John Cale/Michael Nyman melodies and Antony really opening up vocal wise and double tracking her voice to devastating effect. The title track 'Swanlights' is another winner - a Nico-esque drone thing with an eastern flavour and distorted droney guitars. I like the way the vocals overlap each other. This all said the devoted are gonna love it, whether it brings her any new fans I'm not sure. It doesn't cross into the mainstream nor is an amazing sonic 'Kid A' like statement, it's a decent album, better when less warbly, with less piano balladry.
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