Cut the World [Live] - Antony and the Johnsons
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  • Summary: Antony Hegarty and his band recorded live in Denmark with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra some of the songs from the group's four previous releases with new arrangements.
  • Record Label: Secretly Canadian
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Dec 14, 2012
    100
    Hegarty has mastered the art of turning performance into a kind of ritual ceremony and the magic of these symphonic concert recordings blows their previously released versions out of the water.
  2. Dec 14, 2012
    90
    It's one of the best live albums released by a modern "mainstream" act that I can think of. No exaggeration.
  3. Cut the World is compelling enough to change the way we appreciate the world and its sad beauty. There's simply nothing that sounds quite like this.
  4. 80
    Hegarty's songs and personality suit the drama of orchestral arrangements, providing him with the perfect platform to 'perform' rather than sing--and his voice works in perfect harmony with the 42 musicians behind him.
  5. Dec 14, 2012
    75
    The real draws here are the stunning fresh takes on some of the finest works to be found in the Antony & The Johnsons catalog. [No.90, p.52]
  6. Dec 14, 2012
    70
    Perhaps to some, the lack of a slow, methodical musical structure surrounding these thoughts, or the fact that in spelling his concerns out through conversation instead of veiled insinuation, he notably drops that perilous, outside-of-sane tremolo, might pull the curtains down around his highly cultivated dramaturgy. Only partially.... The rest of the album is more comparatively straightforward.
  7. Dec 14, 2012
    60
    Cut the World reprises 10 of his old songs, adds one new one (the title track) and Future Feminism, which is the kind of thing that will either get you punching the air as you did at Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony, or crossing your legs and muttering about distrusting gender absolutes.

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