Antony And The Johnsons ‎– I Am A Bird Now

Secretly Canadian ‎– sc105, Secretly Canadian ‎– SC105CD
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1 Hope There's Someone 4:21
2 My Lady Story
Viola – Danielle Farina
3 For Today I Am A Boy 2:36
4 Man Is The Baby 4:09
5 You Are My Sister
Drums – John BollingerGuitar – Devendra BanhartVoice – Boy George
6 What Can I Do?
Piano – Jason HartVoice – Rufus Wainwright
7 Fistful Of Love
Arranged By [Arrangements: Horns] – Doug WieselmanBass – Rainy OrtecaDrums – Parker KindredVoice, Guitar [Guitars] – Lou Reed
8 Spiralling
Voice – Devendra Banhart
9 Free At Last
Sounds [Morse Code], Voice – Julia YasudaViola – Danielle FarinaWords By [Poem "Free At Last" By] – Anonymous
10 Bird Gerhl 3:14

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Inner Panels:
Antony + the Johnsons
Title of "Fistful of Love" from a line in Marc Almond's poem "L'esqualita"
"Candy Darling on her Deathbed" (1974) ©The Estate of Peter Hujar, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery NYC
Page in Doctor's Chair (2002) (Makeup by Kabuki)
Calendar from the wall of an abandoned prison cell in Philadelphia.
Children's letters from a medical journal on hermaphrodism and sex reassignment.
Thank you my family, my friends, Brendan Hegarty, Barbara Cummard, Sara, Nick + Stephen, Alice O'Malley, Andy Butler, Charlie Atlas + Joe Westmoreland, William Basinski, David + Dù Tibet, Kembra Pfahler, Lou Reed + Laurie Anderson, Tom Cole (2), Boy George, Devendra Banhart, CocoRosie, John Marchant, Hal Willner, Rufus Wainright, Lia Gangitano, Rosemary Cowall, John Edman + Gary Schneider, Anne Ohayan, Craig Hensala, Emery Dobyns, Davide de Blasio, Demetrio Paparoni, Johana Constantine + Julia Yasuda, Reuben Butchart, and to all my fellows, thank you for your love.
All songs © Rebis Music (ASCAP) 2004
I Am A Bird Now is dedicated to the memory of Page.

Dear Dr. I do not want to be a boy. I want to be a girl
Just my sisters.

"Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee."

Other Notes:
Clear-tray jewel case with 5-panel fold-out thick paper insert.
Track 7 is misspelled as "Fistfull Of Love" on back cover.

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  • Barcode (Sticker, Text): 6 5660 - 50105 - 2 6
  • Barcode (Sticker, String): 656605010526
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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(10xFile, MP3, 320) Rough Trade none UK 2005
sc105 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album, Promo) Secretly Canadian sc105 US 2004 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
RTRADCD 223 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CDr, Album, Promo) Rough Trade RTRADCD 223 UK 2005 Sell This Version
CM1243 Antony And The Johnsons I Am A Bird Now(CD, Album, Unofficial) 中国黄标 CM1243 China 2005 Sell This Version


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April 21, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
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.


February 7, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

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.