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Antony and The Johnsons 

Swanlights (Secretly Canadian)

The man who can break a thousand hearts with one warble, Antony Hegarty, examines the dark side of nature in his usual morose-cabaret style. At times he follows the path too closely: Hegarty’s most memorable songs are the ones where he shifts the melodrama out of the darkness. He follows Björk’s lead on “Fletta,” a breathy, minimalist piano duet that threatens to turn into a big musical number, but is somehow restrained. “I’m in Love” is more urgent thanks to thumping-heartbeat drums, and “Thank you for Your Love” is almost celebratory, like an old southern lady singing her favourite hymn, recalling “Shake That Devil,” from 2007’s Another World EP. An album to accompany your lowest crying jags and manic spiritual moments.

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