Antony And The Johnsons ‎– I Am A Bird Now

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Winner of the 2005 Mercury Music Prize.

Tracklist

Hope There's Someone 4:20
My Lady Story 3:32
For Today I Am A Boy 2:35
Man Is The Baby 4:07
You Are My Sister 3:56
What Can I Do? 1:39
Fistful Of Love 5:50
Spiralling 4:24
Free At Last 1:34
Bird Gerhl 4:20

Versions (19)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RTRADLP 223 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(LP, Album) Rough Trade RTRADLP 223 UK 2005 Sell This Version
sc105 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album, Promo) Secretly Canadian sc105 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(10xFile, MP3, 320) Rough Trade none UK 2005
PCD-23622 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album) P-Vine Records PCD-23622 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
URA145 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album) Spunk URA145 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
sc105, SC105CD Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album) Secretly Canadian, Secretly Canadian sc105, SC105CD US 2005 Sell This Version
RTRADCD223 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album, Del) Rough Trade RTRADCD223 UK 2005 Sell This Version
CM1243 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label CM1243 China 2005 Sell This Version
RTRADCD 223 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CDr, Album, Promo) Rough Trade RTRADCD 223 UK 2005 Sell This Version
RTRADLP 223 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(LP) Rough Trade RTRADLP 223 UK 2005 Sell This Version
SC 105 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(LP, Album) Secretly Canadian SC 105 US 2005 Sell This Version
SC105 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(LP, Album, RE) Secretly Canadian SC105 US 2007 Sell This Version
MR 2987-2 Antony And The Johnsons I Am Bird Now(CD, Album) Moon Records (2) MR 2987-2 Ukraine 2007 Sell This Version
351391, RTRADCD 223 Antony And The Johnsons I Am Bird Now(CD, Album) Soyuz Music, Soyuz Music 351391, RTRADCD 223 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
RTRADCD223 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album, RE, Arv) Rough Trade RTRADCD223 UK Unknown Sell This Version
URA145 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album, RP) Spunk URA145 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
none Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
SC105 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(LP, Album, RE) Secretly Canadian SC105 US Unknown Sell This Version
RTRADLP223 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(LP, RE) Rough Trade RTRADLP223 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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rapunzel

rapunzel

January 16, 2021
referencing I Am A Bird Now, LP, Album, RE, SC105
A contemporary classic. Dynamics on this pressing are nice. Vinyl does have quite a lot of surface noise but pretty bearable. If you’re looking for a good pressing, this is decent enough but definitely not the best. It does come with the great printed inner sleeve and insert, as well as the download code if you’re already wondering.
ScrappyFu

ScrappyFu

January 5, 2021
referencing I Am A Bird Now, LP, Album, SC 105

I love this album but have two very noisy pressings and the run in is treacherous. Great music. I hope one day I get a pressing that sounds and plays good.
djjean33

djjean33

November 28, 2020
referencing I Am A Bird Now, LP, RE, RTRADLP223

A voice to die for. The opening songs final will transform you into something else. You will not be the same after that. Beautiful songs will follow and support you in whatever you will do next.
jimhb

jimhb

December 28, 2019
referencing I Am A Bird Now, LP, Album, RE, SC105
I just bought this December 2019. It is a different cut than the original. It was done at SAlt Mastering and there is no circle U in the deadwax
LauraLeuven

LauraLeuven

September 2, 2019
referencing I Am A Bird Now, CD, Album, Del, RTRADCD223

I removed the barcode sticker after I bought it, hahaha! I had no idea it was an identifier back then. (LauraLeuven)
DH-MMXX

DH-MMXX

October 23, 2018
referencing I Am A Bird Now, LP, Album, SC 105
Matrix on my sc copy is:
SC-105LP re1?
Pretty sure the re means it’s a repress but there’s not One matching that description here?! Do I need to crest a new submission for this particular matrix or just ‘take it ‘ that it’s a repress of the above?
Thanks, Darren
hhjack

hhjack

July 17, 2016
referencing I Am A Bird Now, LP, Album, SC 105
Lovely album to listen to on vinyl. Great pressing that plays dead quiet for all those quiet moments. Worth picking up.
wassim_elia

wassim_elia

July 14, 2016
referencing I Am A Bird Now, LP, Album, SC 105

A very good and quiet copy, I love the inner sleeve.
Alastis

Alastis

April 21, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
referencing I Am A Bird Now, CD, Album, sc105, SC105CD
I don't really know...
I really, truly wanted to love this record, but couldn't stop saying "Would you please quit whining ?". I can understand nearly anything, but i'm not going to shell out 5 or more dollars for an hour of whining and complaining, unless there's something special added on top of it, like sound effects or distortion. But unfortunately there's nothing there - maybe i'm just missing the point, but there were so many praises for this one (especially when someone like David Tibet is involved), but i don't find it attractive or interesting.
onelittle

onelittle

February 7, 2005
edited over 16 years ago
referencing I Am A Bird Now, CD, Album, sc105, SC105CD

True soul.

I Am A Bird Now stands apart in a era of cynical, retro/self-referential, detached music. One of the most startling, tender, unique records I have heard for a long time. Subtly subversive, Anthony has an ability to convey so much pure emotion, his voice with a timbré akin to Bryan Ferry's, yet wounded and blooded.

"Fistful Of Love", featuring Lou Reed, is a perfect example of how Anthony draws you into his dreams. Building slowly from Reed's spoken word intro over piano and guitar, Anthony's tale of sexual violence is punched home, the title sung as a mantra over a Stax horn groove.

There is somehow a soulful honesty at this albums heart. It doesn't feel self-indulgent or overwrought, but dark, ecstatic and most importantly, human.