Album review: Antony And The Johnsons - Swanlights (Secretly Canadian)
A jubilant and beautiful fourth album for Antony Hegarty - and the CD booklet is rather good too
And for every burst of lyrical ayahuasca – “[i]Elect the salt mother/For she’s a selective Christ/Punch her ghost![/i]” goes ‘[b]Salt Silver Oxygen[/b]’ – there’s an ‘[b]I’m In Love[/b]’, all jubilant romance and hand-claps. A record of beauty and balance, ‘[b]Swanlights[/b]’ cements Hegarty as the transgender [a]Joanna Newsome[/a]: artsy and challenging enough for the Guardian chin-strokers, but with enough hushed melodic wallop to seduce all-comers. It’ll hit you like a punch to the ghost.
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