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ANOHNI|My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross

My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross

ANOHNI feat. Antony and the Johnsons

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It’s been six years. It seems like a long time to be kept waiting, but this is undoubtedly her finest album to date. Anohni returns with her Johnsons for this fifth album, presenting a contemporary narrative rooted in the American soul of the 70s. It's a change of direction after the Björkian electronica of Hopelessness, released under Anohni's own name, but  given Anohni's love of the Motown sound it’s hardly surprising. As Marvin Gaye had already done in 1971 with What's Going On, the New York based Englishwoman wraps hot-button issues - ecocide and transgender rights - in a deep, honeyed, painful soul, that's tremulous and thin rather than thick. With their parsimonious instrumentation, the tracks unfold their languor over simple, addictive bass lines (Can't, about mourning), a few chords (You Be Free) or piano notes like Why I Am Alive Now, that are reminiscent of Boy George’s vocal tone. Her voice sways with the tracks and the roles she plays, reaching graceful heights, like when her falsetto breaks dramatically on the moving ballad There Wasn't Enough, borrowing the voice of a dying Earth lamenting the fatal greed of mankind. It's an album as sublime as it is necessary, as much in its message as in its incandescent beauty. She gives it the face of the activist and figurehead of the Stonewall riots, Marsha P. Johnson - whose surname she already bears - for the cover, as an added tribute. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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1
It Must Change
00:04:55

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Samuel Dixon, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - Leo Abrahams, StudioMusician - Rob Moose, StudioMusician - Martin Slattery, StudioMusician - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Chris Vatalaro, StudioMusician - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

2
Go Ahead
00:01:30

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

3
Sliver of Ice
00:03:41

Jimmy Hogarth, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Samuel Dixon, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - Leo Abrahams, StudioMusician - Rob Moose, StudioMusician - Martin Slattery, StudioMusician - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Chris Vatalaro, StudioMusician - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

4
Can't
00:04:40

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Samuel Dixon, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - Leo Abrahams, StudioMusician - Rob Moose, StudioMusician - Martin Slattery, StudioMusician - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Chris Vatalaro, StudioMusician - William Basinski, StudioMusician - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

5
Scapegoat
00:05:22

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Samuel Dixon, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - Leo Abrahams, StudioMusician - Rob Moose, StudioMusician - Martin Slattery, StudioMusician - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Chris Vatalaro, StudioMusician - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

6
It's My Fault
00:02:15

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Samuel Dixon, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - Leo Abrahams, StudioMusician - Rob Moose, StudioMusician - Martin Slattery, StudioMusician - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Chris Vatalaro, StudioMusician - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

7
Rest
00:05:45

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Samuel Dixon, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - Leo Abrahams, StudioMusician - Martin Slattery, StudioMusician - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Chris Vatalaro, StudioMusician - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

8
There Wasn't Enough
00:04:55

Jimmy Hogarth, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Samuel Dixon, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - Leo Abrahams, StudioMusician - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

9
Why Am I Alive Now?
00:05:59

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Samuel Dixon, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - Leo Abrahams, StudioMusician - Rob Moose, StudioMusician - Martin Slattery, StudioMusician - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Chris Vatalaro, StudioMusician - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

10
You Be Free
00:02:17

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer, Producer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - Greg Calbi, Engineer - antony and The Johnsons, FeaturedArtist - Downtown Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - ANOHNI, MainArtist - Anohni Hegarty, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd 2023 Rebis Music under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd

Album review

It’s been six years. It seems like a long time to be kept waiting, but this is undoubtedly her finest album to date. Anohni returns with her Johnsons for this fifth album, presenting a contemporary narrative rooted in the American soul of the 70s. It's a change of direction after the Björkian electronica of Hopelessness, released under Anohni's own name, but  given Anohni's love of the Motown sound it’s hardly surprising. As Marvin Gaye had already done in 1971 with What's Going On, the New York based Englishwoman wraps hot-button issues - ecocide and transgender rights - in a deep, honeyed, painful soul, that's tremulous and thin rather than thick. With their parsimonious instrumentation, the tracks unfold their languor over simple, addictive bass lines (Can't, about mourning), a few chords (You Be Free) or piano notes like Why I Am Alive Now, that are reminiscent of Boy George’s vocal tone. Her voice sways with the tracks and the roles she plays, reaching graceful heights, like when her falsetto breaks dramatically on the moving ballad There Wasn't Enough, borrowing the voice of a dying Earth lamenting the fatal greed of mankind. It's an album as sublime as it is necessary, as much in its message as in its incandescent beauty. She gives it the face of the activist and figurehead of the Stonewall riots, Marsha P. Johnson - whose surname she already bears - for the cover, as an added tribute. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz

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