I Am a Bird Now

I Am a Bird Now

by Antony and the Johnsons


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Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2008
Label: Rough Trade
UPC: 5050159822324
catalogNumber: 5982232
Rank: 148412

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Antony and the Johnsons   Primary Artist
Boy George   Vocals,Voices
Lou Reed   Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Todd Cohen   Drums
Julia Kent   Cello
Doug Wieselman   Saxophone
John Bollinger   Drums
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals,Voices
Joan Wasser   Viola
Parker Kindred   Drums
Jason Hart   Piano
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet,Horn
Antony   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Voices
Paul Shapiro   Trumpet,Horn
Devendra Banhart   Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Rainy Orteca   Bass
Maxim Moston   Violin
Jeff Langston   Bass,Bass Guitar
Danielle Farina   Viola
Keith Bonnen   Flute
Joan Wassen   Viola
Julia Yasuda   Voices
Todd Cohen   Drums
Keith Bonner   Flute

Technical Credits

Julia Kent   String Arrangements
Doug Wieselman   Horn Arrangements
Antony   Producer,Drawing
Maxim Moston   String Arrangements
Julia Yasuda   Contributor

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I Am a Bird Now 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album based on a rave review of a London concert that I read, not knowing anything about this artist. (I'm open to listening to new things) The first time I played the CD I admit I was taken aback, but on subsequent playings I find I really enjoy this album. I went to Paris earlier this year and brought the CD with me, thinking it would add a great ambience to the apartment there, and it did. My roomates (comprising a wide age-group range) were taken by it too. Live a little. Become free like Anthony.
Lenon More than 1 year ago
I discovered Antony singing Cohen songs on Leonard Cohen's DVD I'm Your Man. Amazing talent. His music cuts straight to my heart. Thus when Leonard Cohen played The Beacon Theater in NYC, followed by Antony and the Johnsons the next night at The Town Hall, I was in heaven. Antony and the Johnsons raise the bar of musical accomplishment. Listen to them with an open musical mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Antony has a classic sound.......His haunting vocals shine through on this fantastic recording...Fistful of Love sounds as if Antony is singing to a lost lover....The spoken word intro by Lou Reed adds to the lost love effect....Antony has alot of overtones of the great Nina Simone and a of touch Bryan Ferry with a dash Roy Orbinson mixed in...This is the sound of heartbreak and tragedy.......This album should be heard by all.
HCaulfield11 More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure I would be able to deal with this kind of music every time Antony & The Johnsons puts out a record, but "I Am A Bird Now" is the beautiful realization of all of the EPs and overheard tracks that came and went through the pages of those Indier-Than-Thou magazines. There's not a single uptempo song on the record, unless you count "Fistfull of Love" (but then, that's kind of just relative to the rest of the record), but the storytelling within the ballads keeps the album moving along nicely. With his choice of genre, I think that Antony was smart to go with nine songs (plus one strange interlude). The album doesn't drag on, but almost leaves an echo when it's through, resounding the effect that the short time has had on you. The highlights "I Am A Bird Now" include "For Today I Am A Boy", a haunting, cacophonic installment in Antony's canon of gender-confusion; "Bird Girl", the heartbreaking closer that extends a metaphor to comprehend mortality; And, my personal favorite, "Fistfull of Love" with Lou Reed, which turns the basic, rolling chords of an old-school ballad into a narrative about abusive love. Don't expect to take flight after a listen to "I Am A Bird Now". It's a record that deals with very specific, very heavy thoughts. But it does so with an undeniable artistry and sensitivity.