I can’t believe there was a time when I didn’t know about Anthony and the Johnsons. The lead singer, Anthony, is an enigma with a voice even Adele would envy. His falsetto trill and profound lyrics will lull you to whatever world he hails from. My favorite song is Hope There’s Someone, a plaintiff love song that usurps every song that came before by singing it raw and plainly, “I hope there’s someone who’ll take care of me, when I die, will I go.” Which to me starkly resonates the will of us all, we just hope there’s someone who will take care of us.
I prefer their live recordings, because you never know what you will witness. It doesn’t matter what version, I love Cripple and the Starfish. It is a song not meant to be as beautiful as it sounds. And we’ve all been there when we’re happy in a relationship, when it’s as healthy as it could be, yet we’re waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop and began questioning whether we deserve such happiness. Just listen to the lyrics, “I am very happy, so please hit me…I am very happy, so please hurt me.”
I could wax poetic about my next favorite song, but you simply must just listen. Rapture is the kind of song that makes you ache, not just because of the lyrics but the emotion the melody evokes. It’s about the end of it. That painful breakup, that saying goodbye to someone you love. The falling down of everything you’ve known. Reaching out toward…what?
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Now go listen!