An accomplished live collection of limited appeal…
Antony And The Johnsons - Turning

There has been no new music released by this band in the two years since their last career-spanning live album, ‘Cut The World’ (review), and so audiences may be justifiably wary of another performance collection.

The headline here is the lovingly crafted and slowly realised documentary that gives this package its name. Filmed during a European tour in 2006, it captures the artistic performance centred around 13 transsexual women positioned on a rotating plinth that accompanied these songs, as well as hearing their stories.

The film, perhaps, should have been left to stand on its own, as another Antony live album is an indulgence the world can probably do without. The songs are largely beautiful, the vocal performance is mostly impeccable and the recording generally captivating, but so was its predecessor.

The percentage of the global population who spend money on Antony’s music is not all that considerable and, within that select community, it’s hard to imagine more than a handful craving another, not quite as good live album so soon after the last.

Endless issuing of concert recordings is something we’re accustomed to with deceased artists, but when this band still has so much to offer, can we give it a rest please?

6/10

Words: Gareth James

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