Antony Hegarty is brilliant. His voice alone will place any soul under the microscope, tugging heart strings with a fierce emotional force as it floats upon simple melodies. What better way to spend the most disgustingly commercialized holiday of love, than to avoid it with an evening of pure, raw feelings accompanied by gentle piano and a six-peice chamber-pop orchestra.
Antony and the Johnson's third and most recent release, The Crying Light, has received rave reviews for its meditation on the heaviest of topics; birth, life, death and the transitions between them. Songs like "Epilepsy is Dancing" to "Kiss My Name" vary from subdued and gloomy to lighthearted, each wrapping a delicate story underneath. The intense vibrato in Hegarty's voice can be somewhat startling on first listen, but appreciation for the text and composure will no doubt end in utter admiration. Don't expect to chat with your date during the performance; Antony and the Johnsons deserve your full attention.
Hegarty's lyrics may be serious and sometimes borderline depressing, but there's no need to wear all black to the show. Hegarty is often known to be quite personable inbetween songs, and in general, leave concert goers with a rare "at peace" sort of feeling.
See Antony and the Johnsons Saturday, February 14th at the Pantages Theater. 8pm. hennepintheatredistrict.org.