The Crying Light

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 56
  2. Negative: 6 out of 56

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  1. lewisb.
    Jan 21, 2009
    3
    Hs voice is more than just and acquired taste... it ruins anything that might have been good about this album.
  2. Janice
    Mar 4, 2009
    1
    Hard as I tried, I couldn't find one good thing about this album. It's full of tedious, boring, uninspired tripe with some of the most annoying male vocals I've heard in years. That awful endless vibrato is just...ugh! Unbelievably overrated.

Awards & Rankings

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. Hegarty wrote and helped to arrange all the songs on The Crying Light, and his writing bears the same pensive sensitivity as his singing on what amounts to a spellbinding album.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    Antony and the Johnsons' third full-length wisely focuses on the frontman's enormous talent, with Nico Muhly's classical arrangements plinking and waltzing but never overpowering.