Antony & the Johnsons: Turning

Fri, Nov 7, 2014, 00:00



Antony & The Johnsons

Rough Trade


That Antony Hegarty returns to a 2006 show for his latest release is an interesting retread. Back then, Hegarty’s second album “I Am A Bird Now” saw him and his exceptional music of idiosyncratic heart and soul find a much wider audience than the one which had initially embraced the man who came of artistic age on the New York downtown peformance art scene. Recorded at London’s Barbican in November ’06, “Turning” features Hegarty and his band of collaborators, including The Gloaming’s Thomas Bartlett, finding their way through those songs and the many expectations around the them as a result of the success of “I Am A Bird Now”. The music is exquisitely performed and deeply affecting, especially on a seldom heard track like “Tears Tears Tears”, as well as set standouts “You Are My Sister” and “Cripple and the Starfish”. The album is accompanied by a DVD show by Charles Atlas during that 2006 European tour.