After a three year wait, English-Irish songwriter Antony Hegarty‘s group Antony & The Johnsons finally is releasing new material. While a new album is expected in January 2009, the group just released the Another World EP, an EP based around the single off the new album “Another World.”
“Another World” is not the single I would have picked for the best track. Sure, the piano chords and gospel like “oohs” in the chorus are nice, but the overly vibrated low notes that Hegarty hits are a little hard to endure. The vibrato is better managed in “Crackagen,” a song that maybe well-known to Antony & The Johnsons’ fans as it is one of the first that Hegarty wrote in his career.
“Shake that Devil” is another oldie for the fans who have seen Hegarty live, but it is a goody and my favorite on the album. This jazzy number features a flare of scat and sax. The arrangement and chorus are the most developed out of any on this EP.
The lullaby “Sing for Me” and “Hope Mountain” are both new and finish out the EP on a rather somber note. “Hope Mountain” has a swirling rhythm pattern almost like a rondo form and a beautiful piano solo.
The Another World EP is available now on Secretly Canadian.
01. Another World
03. Shake that Devil
04. Sing for Me
05. Hope Mountain
Written by: Bethany