Archive for Antony and the Johnsons

49. ‘Blind’ by Hercules and Love Affair (2008)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 24, 2010 by G.K. Reid

 God bless Anthony Hegarty.  When he’s not around (but for a couple of exceptions), the Hercules and Love Affair album collapses into a tedious patchwork of arch coolness and bizarrely joyless disco mechanics.  On ‘Blind’, though, the technical ingenuity in Andy Butler’s vision is given a galvanising depth of complex feeling and humanity courtesy of Antony.  In return, Butler recontextualises the tremulous magic of Antony’s vocals, imbuing his deep disappointment with an air of wise authority.

Bonus points: TRUMPET!!!!

51. ‘Crazy in Love’ by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z (2003)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 8, 2010 by G.K. Reid

It’s something of an understatement to say that pop music has long been commenting on just how thin the line is between love and madness; statistics that I’ve just made up show that 96.4% of all songs are about this very subject.  Put ‘Crazy’ into Spotify and you’ll probably yield approximately 12 billion results.  ‘Crazy in Love’ is such a monolith of modern pop that I need hardly describe how close it comes to bottling – through those astounding loops of horns, the deranged patina of ‘uh-ohs’, and Beyonce’s desperate assertion that she simply DOESN’T DO THIS – that all-consuming, common-sense-eschewing, all-bets-are-off rush of emotion and desire.

Bonus points:  Antony’s on hand to close the gap between love and madness even further…