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On her first album as ANOHNI, the indie singer formerly known as Antony Hegarty gets political. Hopelessness’ track titles read like they're yanked from a DC hardcore band’s setlist, but there isn’t a snarling yelp or guitar assault to be heard here. Instead, ANOHNI’s immaculate voice—which echoes Alison Moyet, Billie Holiday, and Boy George—takes on more depth than ever amidst Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke's experimental programming. She seethingly excoriates Barack Obama, brings urgency to climate change on “4 DEGREES,” and is inconceivably graceful on “Drone Bomb Me.” Every note just drips with pain and beauty.

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after a 2nd listening...

well produced and she has a great voice, at times there seems to be an influence of Nina Simone or Joan Armatrading. beyond the lyrics the overall sound of this album has a sameness to it, not a bad thing and in a way it ties the album together. while I don't think this album will get much or any air time it is a good listen, a little depressing but it's a good (and hopeful) "foothold" in her music career.

Not good music

It's amazing how the PC police have scared and brainwashed people to the point where they are afraid to be objective if the person is lgbt. I couldn't care less if someone is male, female, gay, straight, transgender, etc. I applaud their courage in fact. But anyone with even a hint of musical knowledge can tell you that this album is BAD. Yes, it covers social issues, but the melodies, harmonies, rhythms, and timbres are erratic and cringe-worthy (the lead vocals sound like a caricature), and the lyrics lack any poetic force. But because she is transgender everyone assumes her music is infinitely profound. People should stop letting politics dictate their tastes. This is simply poor music.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

U.K.-born, California-raised Anohni (born Antony Hegarty) felt like the consummate outsider until coming face to face with the image of Boy George on the cover of Culture Club's 1982 debut album Kissing to Be Clever. Eight years later, Hegarty relocated to New York City and found a world more accepting of avant-garde sensibilities and sexual ambiguity. An early incarnation was the cabaret ensemble Blacklips, modeled after Blue Velvet-era Isabella Rossellini, and the drag queen who graced the cover...
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