Thursday, November 10, 2005

Antony and the Johnsons

Another Mercury Prize nomination this year was Antony and the Johnsons for the album I am Bird. Haunting with sparse piano and guitar much like another favorite band the Tindersticks, the music is just incredibly emotional. His voice, which has been compared to Brian Ferry and Nina Simone, definitely knocks you off your feet. He has all sorts of random guest appearances on this album - Lou Reed, Boy George, Rufus Wainwright. You can listen to sound samples online (not full length songs) and the whole thing is on Rhapsody. The song Fistful of Love feels like an Otis Redding song and is my favorite on the album.

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