I Am a Bird Now is the second album by New York City band Antony and the Johnsons. It won the Mercury Music Prize on September 6, 2005. After winning the prize, the album shot up the UK albums chart from #135 to #16 in one week, the biggest jump in the history of the Mercury Music Prize. It had originally peaked at #78. In Australia the album reached # 69.
The album features guest appearances by Rufus Wainwright ("What Can I Do?"), Devendra Banhart, Joan Wasser and by lead singer Antony Hegarty's childhood heroes Boy George and Lou Reed. The cover is a photograph by Peter Hujar of Warhol Superstar Candy Darling on her deathbed (aptly titled "Candy Darling on Her Deathbed").
"Hope There's Someone" is listed at #28 on Pitchfork Media's Top 500 Songs of the 2000's and was selected 2005's best single; the album is #5 on their Top 50 Albums of 2005.
All tracks were written and produced by Antony Hegarty....