Antony and the Johnsons: You Are My Sister
Antony & The Johnsons breakthrough album I Am A Bird Now has certainly touched fans and critics alike. His second full-length - released in February - stands as one of the most globally acclaimed albums of 2005. The album's latest single is the anthemic and heart-rending "You Are My Sister", presentedas a duet between Antony and Boy George. Together these two vocalists climb to the highest peakof emotional vulnerability, providing for the listener one of the most touching and uncanny duets of thepast decade. It's heartbreaking when Antony sings, "You are my sister / we were born / so innocent, sofull of need / there were times we were friends / but times I was so cruel / at night I'd asked for to watchme as I sleep". With soaring and world-weary intensity, Boy George utterly commands the refrain: "Youare my sister / and I love you / may all of your dreams come true." In "You Are My Sister," the pair singfrom the depths of their hearts for the world.This extended single also includes three new, unreleased songs recorded during the I Am A BirdNow sessions. "Poorest Ear" is a harrowing and complex vision from the perspective of an alienatedchild. Responding perhaps to "You Are My Sister," Antony sings of a girl who wishes to save her imperiledbrother in "Forest of Love." Finally, "Paddy's Gone" is a choral lament to long-lost man. Thesetracks all seem to support Antony's recent assertion; "Recently I have been imagining that we contain afamily inside us... a mother, a father, a boy, a girl and a baby. I Am a Bird Now represents a dialoguebetween some of these figures."The esteemed NPR program All Things Considered recently reviewed I Am A Bird Now injectingone of the most illuminate and apropos assessments yet, "This is a fantastic record. It's thoroughly modernbut feels lived in, it's got an old soul..."