I Am a Bird Now
|I Am a Bird Now|
|Studio album by Antony and the Johnsons|
|Released||February 1, 2005|
|Antony and the Johnsons chronology|
|Singles from I Am a Bird Now|
I Am a Bird Now is the second album by New York City band Antony and the Johnsons. It won the Mercury Prize on September 6, 2005. After winning the prize, the album shot up the UK albums chart from #135 to #16 in one week, the biggest jump in the history of the Mercury Music Prize. As of September 2011, UK sales stand at 220,000 copies.
The album features guest appearances by Rufus Wainwright ("What Can I Do?"), Devendra Banhart, Joan Wasser and by lead singer Antony Hegarty's childhood heroes Boy George and Lou Reed. The cover is a photograph by Peter Hujar of Warhol Superstar Candy Darling on her deathbed (aptly titled "Candy Darling on Her Deathbed").
All songs written and composed by Antony Hegarty.
|1.||"Hope There's Someone"||4:21|
|2.||"My Lady Story"||3:33|
|3.||"For Today I Am a Bouy"||2:36|
|4.||"Man Is the Baby"||4:09|
|5.||"You Are My Sister"||3:59|
|6.||"What Can I Do?"||1:40|
|7.||"Fistful of Love"||5:52|
|9.||"Free at Last"||1:36|
Antony and the Johnsons
- Antony Hegarty – organ, piano, vocals
- Julia Kent – cello
- Parker Kindred - drums (Track 7)
- Jeff Longston – bass
- Maxim Moston – violin
- Doug Wieselman – saxophone
- Devendra Banhart – guitar (Track 5), vocals (Track 8)
- Steve Bernstein – horn
- John Bollinger - drums (Track 5)
- Keith Bonner - flute
- Boy George – vocals (Track 5)
- Todd Cohen – drums
- Danielle Farina - viola (Tracks 2,9)
- Jason Hart – piano (Track 6)
- Rainy Orteca - bass (Track 7)
- Lou Reed – guitar and vocals (Track 7)
- Paul Shapiro – horn
- Rufus Wainwright – vocals (Track 6)
- Joan Wasser – viola
- Julia Yasuda - Morse Code, vocals (Track 9)
- Emery Dobyns - Engineer and mixer.
|Pitchfork Media||(8.6/10) 2005|
|Robert Christgau||(B-) link|
|Rolling Stone||2005 at the Wayback Machine (archived February 8, 2009)|
|Stylus Magazine||(A-) link|
|Drowned In Sound||2005|
|Tiny Mix Tapes||2005|
Drowned in Sound's Anthony Gibbons gave the album a score of 10/10, writing "It's not an exaggeration. This isn't hype. I Am A Bird Now is a beautiful, emotive, glorious, and sometimes sinister album that will top many a critic's list come the end-of-year polls, and justifiably so." Tiny Mix Tapes also gave the album a perfect score, writing "This music grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. It feels timeless and gorgeous and bigger than life. It may not be 'soul' in the strict, music appreciation 101 sense, but it could make even the most jaded atheist approach a metaphysical regard... I'd put on my critic's cap and dive into scrutiny, but I am too enraptured by this artist's music." Pitchfork Media's Brandon Stosuy praised the vocals, writing "The ultimate draw is Antony's voice, and within the first two seconds of the album, it should be very clear to even the most unaware newbies that Antony has an amazing Nina Simone/Brian Ferry/Jimmy Scott vibrato, a multi-octave siren that would sound painfully lovely no matter what he was saying."
Robert Christgau, on the other hand, gave the album a "Dud of the Month" designation, writing "Those convinced of the metaphoric-political centrality of transgender issues and the AIDS epidemic will feel Antony's songs. Those who don't should find a record they enjoy." Christgau was fired from the Village Voice a few months later for differences in "taste." 
The album has appeared on several end of year lists. Mojo named I Am a Bird Now the best album of 2005. Pitchfork Media ranked the album #5 on its list of the top 50 albums of 2005. On the same website, the track "Hope There's Someone" was ranked #28 on their list of the Top 500 Songs of the 2000s and was selected as 2005's best single.
|UK Albums Chart||16|
|Austrian Album Charts||71|
|Belgium Album Charts||16|
|Danish Album Charts||38|
|French Album Charts||45|
|Netherland Album Charts||58|
|Swedish Album Charts||22|
|2005||"Hope There's Someone"||44|
|2005||"You Are My Sister"||39|
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