Antony and the Johnsons @ Bozar - Brussels


Abr 14 2009, 21h56

Mon 13 Apr – Antony and the Johnsons

It was very good, but it could've been even better.

The pre-program was refreshing and interesting to me. A very avant-garde minimalistic dancer: Johanna Constantine -- She kept me interested the whole performance. I'd love to see her perform again in the future.

In my opinion, the main issue with the concent was that it should've been louder, volume wise. By increasing the volume it would've had more impact on me; inflicted more goosebumps. He's got a brilliant voice and he accomplishes the same grandeur in a live setting. Now, unfortunately, I only had goosebumps when the second and final encore track started: Hope There's Someone. That was the absolute best moment to me. But, to be honest, you can't really go wrong with such an outstanding track at all.

I have to confess I was a little bit disappointed with the way he performed Epilepsy Is Dancing, especially the most emotional part: "cut me in quadrants, leave me in the corner". The way he performed that part left me almost without any emotion. A true pity, because on the album The Crying Light it's definitely one of my favourite tracks.

On the other hand, tracks like Another World, Everglade, Hope Mountain, You Are My Sister, Kiss My Name and One Dove were insanely beautiful. (See some video clips of these tracks at the end of this review.)

I really enjoyed the humour he put into his show, but he could've skipped the speech in my opinion. I was there to enjoy some great music, not some political speech. It felt a bit out of place. Maybe because I'm absolutely not political minded. A memorable moment was the way he made fun in the For Today I Am a Boy.

The uptempo tracks Shake That Deviland Fistful of Love really made the band shine as well. They played wonderfully together, just like on the actual albums. Amazing!

But, on the other hand, I was kinda let down that the set list didn't include two of my favourite tracks: Man Is the Baby and Bird guhl; but you can't have it all, right, especially when the focus is obviously on his new album.

The first encore track was very memorable as well: Cripple and the Starfish. Such an outstanding track!

I might sound a bit negative in this review, but in the end I thought it was really worthwile to say the least. I have to admit I had very high expectations; too high I suppose. Still, I had a very great time and I'm glad I was able to acquire my ticket on the day of the event itself.


Some extra video clips of the event:


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