The Crying Light

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Antony Hegarty's tremulous warble is a strange and marvelous instrument--and for many, an acquired taste. The Crying Light, this diva-dude's third album, spotlights his haunting vocals with few distractions, using piano and low-key orchestral arrangements as foils for him to swoop and shiver over.
  2. The album's big problem is not a lack of quality; it's the feeling that you've been here before, or you've been somewhere so like here as to make little difference.
  3. As an album, The Crying Light is neither as revelatory nor as consistent as "I Am A Bird Now."
  4. Too often you can hear the self-satisfied smirk on these songs, the little finger held out affectedly at right angles, the raised eyebrow as he plays to his adoring audience.
  5. The Crying Light is a record that effectively changes Antony’s character and makes him a difficult entity to relate to, forcing him more into the realm of animatronics than human existence.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Jan 16, 2014
    8
    Unwelcoming and inaccessible but moments of brilliance

    While not their best work, "The Crying Light" is still a strong collection of
    Unwelcoming and inaccessible but moments of brilliance

    While not their best work, "The Crying Light" is still a strong collection of beautifully arranged songs. The record has that inaccessible feel that often comes with this band, the songs sound so otherwordly that at times the music can be disconcerting and feels like your intruding on one of Antony Hegarty's personal moment.
    It's hard to describe but the album gives a very unwelcoming vibe on occasion. You just don't feel like you belong . While quiet a sombre and dark album, musically and lyrically the band are in flying form for the majority of this record. Kiss my Name, one of the very few uplifting tracks on the album is the highlight for me, a real magical song that staggers dramatically back and forth between sadness and elation. The record probably could have done with a few more of these moments. Epilepsy is Dancing is another high point. Overall, this is a very solid if very arty album.
    Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2013
    7
    Yes, it's almost unbearably cloying and very eye-roll inducing with its lyrics, but The Crying Light is a very beautiful album to listen andYes, it's almost unbearably cloying and very eye-roll inducing with its lyrics, but The Crying Light is a very beautiful album to listen and absorb. Plus one of the most emotional male voices in existence. Full Review »
  3. Jul 16, 2011
    9
    Not as overtly emotional as I Am a Bird Now on first few listens but the nuanced beauty of the arrangements make up for it. As usual. Antony'sNot as overtly emotional as I Am a Bird Now on first few listens but the nuanced beauty of the arrangements make up for it. As usual. Antony's wondrous voice carries each song and even manages to convey deep emotions to rather elemental topics like mother earth and nature. An amazing listen. Full Review »