Antony and the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now (2005)
Boy George joins Antony for a duet on the soulful and empowering “You Are My Sister”. Rufus Wainwright takes the lead on “What Can I Do?”, a languid meditation on death that conjures up images of rainy streets, lonely lampposts, and cigar smoke – it's brief (under two minutes) but alluring like the cover of a Raymond Chandler novel. Lou Reed plays noodly guitar and recites an anonymous poem on the mischievous “Fistful of Love”. Devendra Banhart lends his warbly tenor to the lush “Spiraling”.