10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Hope there’s someone who’ll take care of me/when I die, will I go?” That opening flutter of Anonhi’s (formerly known as Antony Hegarty) extraordinary vibrato was all it took to seduce listeners—and the 2005 Mercury Prize judges. What follows is a record of baby bird fragile beauty, with “Hope There’s Someone” the totemic standout but sumptuous pain at every turn. “For Today I Am a Boy” is soulful and powerful, Boy George majestic on heart-stopping duet “You Are my Sister,” and the cabaret pianos and brass of “Fistful of Love” stirringly defiant.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Hope there’s someone who’ll take care of me/when I die, will I go?” That opening flutter of Anonhi’s (formerly known as Antony Hegarty) extraordinary vibrato was all it took to seduce listeners—and the 2005 Mercury Prize judges. What follows is a record of baby bird fragile beauty, with “Hope There’s Someone” the totemic standout but sumptuous pain at every turn. “For Today I Am a Boy” is soulful and powerful, Boy George majestic on heart-stopping duet “You Are my Sister,” and the cabaret pianos and brass of “Fistful of Love” stirringly defiant.

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