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British singer Antony Hegarty of the American band Antony and The Johnsons performs with the Et Incarnatus Orkestra during the 47th Heineken Jazzaldia on July 22, 2012, in San Sebastian. AFP PHOTO / RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/GettyImages)

In 2006, Antony Hegarty toured Europe with 13 women, some of them transgender, onstage beside him. Their presence can be felt throughout this live album, lending tracks like "For Today I Am a Boy" a more immediate resonance. "One Dove" and "Daylight and the Sun," gorgeous on record, soar even higher live; his voice is both fragile and immense over sparse, aching instrumentation. Here, as always, Hegarty's art gives shape to the deepest loves and darkest sufferings of the human heart.          

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