I’m happy to be back behind the keyboard and out of the limelight for a little while and in honor of rediscovering my keyboard I’ve decide to start a new series where I write about new releases that you too can pick up at our very own The Record Exchange downtown!
Today’s selection is unlike anything I’ve ever covered here on Bucket Of Rock and so it makes a perfect addition to my collection of album reviews, the album is Cut The World by Antony and the Johnsons. I’ve heard Antony and the Johnsons described as Choral Pop (New Musical Express) and Chamber Pop (Wikipedia), but I’m not familiar with either of those terms really so I won’t give Antony a label. Somehow, I think she would be ok with that. I’ll just describe Anthony and the Johnsons sound as strong elements of classical piano, introspective lyrics, and a fragile baritone voice all molded into a structured yet delicate form, like a snow flake on the coldest of cold winter days waiting to be shattered. Cut The World obviously isn’t a head banger, 180 degrees from that notion, Cut The World is a 60min opportunity to be still, to listen, to enjoy beauty, and to explore creative thought. Cut The World is also a live double disc album of previously recorded songs, Antony and the Johnsons second live album to be exact and the band’s sixth album release over all. Yeah, Anthony and the Johnsons have been doing this for a while, pioneering their own little piece modern music since 1998. Most of the songs on the live album are on par with one another, a few that really shine, but none that I would skip. The title track, Cut The World is everything it should be catchy, inviting, and to the point of the albums overall style. The second track, a narrative actually, called Future Feminism gives a little insight to Antony’s life style and personal belief. I mention this track only as a warning to the potentially close-minded individual floating around out there in the ether space who can’t handle non mainstream views on ideology and spirituality. Future Feminism talks about god as a women mainly and includes some thought provoking discussion on individuals that identify as LGBT. Infact, much of the album has transgender overtones in the lyrics, although I tend to believe all relationships are comprised of the same basic feelings regardless of the end parties, so it’s still quite easy to relate to Antony’s lyrics and emotions about love even if you happen to be straight. It’s hard to pick a next track to highlight because of the consistent quality of the album, but I really like You Are My Sister. It’s a hauntingly sincere expression of the bond you only feel with a sibling, a lifelong evolution of a relationship and unconditional love. Skipping to nearly the end of the album, The Crying Light is noteworthy for it’s more avant-garde quality. Overall, Cut The World is a very touching and genuine album, like a taproot to un obscured feelings in a world of thick skinned callused people, what could be bad about that? Pick your copy up at the Record Exchange in downtown Frederick.
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