Antony and the Johnsons

Cut the World (Secretly Canadian)

When supported by the Danish National Orchestra, the strange beauty in Antony Hegarty’s voice becomes more beguiling than bizarre. It’s a wind instrument somewhere between oboe and clarinet more than one caught between genders, though it’s that too. Most of these songs appear on earlier releases with somewhat less dynamic backing. One hurdle is “Future Feminism,” a seven-minute aside endorsing a more feminine approach to the world’s problems. It does soften the listener up. Hegarty can never be accused of pandering, but songs like “Epilepsy is Dancing” and “Another World” reach their full potential amid swirling strings and woodwinds.

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