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Anna Calvi Vinyl
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‘Locked away in a basement, making an album in isolation, you do start going a bit crazy. So a lot of material came out of that – how to survive the making of this monster that took over three years of my life.’

Anna Calvi smiles sweetly. She does that a lot. She doesn’t seem like a person who makes monsters. Or, indeed, a kind of music that rages like wild ... Read more in Amazon's Anna Calvi Store

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  • Vinyl (17 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rider to the Sea
2. No More Words
3. Desire
4. Suzanne and I
5. First We Kiss
6. The Devil
7. Blackout
8. I'll Be Your Man
9. Morning Light
10. Love Won't Be Leaving

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BBC Review

Before even releasing her debut album, Anna Calvi has been lauded by Brian Eno, included in the BBC’s influential Sound of 2011 list and toured with Interpol and Nick Cave’s Grinderman. Dizzy heights indeed for a young woman with just one single to her name, but a string of intense, captivating live shows over the past year have generated a buzz of excitement about this London-based, half-Italian singer-songwriter.

The first thing that strikes you about her eponymous album is what an immensely confident record it is. Its creator has apparently spent the past three years perfecting its songs, and the end result is a fully formed, multi-faceted sound that engages the listener’s attention from the very first note.

Opener Rider to the Sea begins with a series of stark, elegantly atmospheric guitar chords reminiscent of Mogwai, instantly showcasing Calvi’s virtuoso musical abilities. Two minutes in, her haunting, cacophonous voice is heard tantalisingly in the background for the first time before retreating back into the ether.

This juxtaposition of guitar and voice is central to proceedings, although there are also strong contributions from a tight backing band. Eno compared Calvi to Patti Smith, and while she doesn’t possess the legendary punk-poetess’ lyrical brilliance, the almost shamanic intensity of her performances certainly suggests a kindred spirit. PJ Harvey is another obvious reference point, especially as the two women share a producer, Rob Ellis.

The album’s at its best when Calvi’s songs abandon conventional structures and concentrate on delivering raw, primeval emotion. Nowhere is this better exemplified than on The Devil, which strips back the layers to leave just Anna and her guitar. Elements of classical, flamenco and rock merge seamlessly together beneath an impassioned vocal that shifts from whisper to holler and back, chanting wordless sounds before proclaiming "the devil will come" amid wails of feedback.

In a world overflowing with female singer-songwriters, Anna Calvi’s exceptional guitar playing and raw, elemental style certainly mark her out as different from the herd. Whether the mass market has the stomach for her challenging, often freeform compositions remains to be seen, but you’re likely to hear a lot more of Ms Calvi in 2011 and beyond.

--Chris White

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb debut 19 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An album full of dark mystery and stark arrangement. Calvi proves her credentials as a rising talent; powerhouse vocals and searing guitar work in equal measure. You will need to listen to this collection several times to truly appreciate its beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning 24 July 2014
Format:Audio CD
I got hold of Anna Calvi's recent album "One Breath" after hearing the single "Eliza" and was very impressed. I thought, and still think, it's a very solid album although with the odd weak point. Following that I made a point of seeing her at Glastonbury a couple of weeks ago which utterly blew me away. On returning home I immediately purchased this album, and for the second time in a week I found myself blown away..
Elements of Ennio Morricone, Django Reinhardt, PJ Harvey and a varety of 1960s girl groups merge to form a fascinating debut album which definitely trounces the follow up which had introduced me to Calvi.
The guitar playing is sublime, the production is perfect, the voice is hauntingly beautiful while also being powerful and the songs range from dark, textured, filmic pieces to soaring alt-power pop. Despite it's stop-start production over the course of three years, it sounds utterly coherent as an album experience.
One of the best new things I've heard in ages - cannot recommend this enough!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss sound track artist 11 Oct 2013
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Perfect for anyone who enjoyed tv's Hit and Miss show's soundtrack.

A unique sound.

Can't wait to hear it performed live in February 2014 at The Troxy, London.
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Initial impression with this release was one of a slight disappointment. The backing seemed a bit too sparse & uninteresting & there was something slightly unappealing about Anna's voice....a little bit too upper class perhaps? So it lay dormant for many months and then after a recently concentrated re-listening have to say that it is an amazing & powerful album. Anna really has a strong voice plus coupled with some brilliant guitar sounds then now believe this to be something special. Things start though without a grand fanfare 'Rider To The Sea', 'No More Words' (it is growing), and it is via 'Desire' which starts to demonstrate some flair & so far is standout track. Next 'Suzanne & I' for me is not the strongest (though many seem to like this one even enough to be the 3rd vinyl 7" A side release off the album)...but then emerges 'First We Kiss' which is really brilliant. An emotional tour de force with some nice orchestral sounds over the indie style solid backing as Anna lets out her emotion & sings magnificently "a face against the window our lips touch no more". 'The Devil' more deliberate & slow continues this high "fall for me". Amazingly with few words in this number that it can put such strong feelings across. The interesting circular guitar strums coupled to the husky vocal creates an arresting beautiful melancholy before hitting a climax....astonishing piece. 'Blackout' (have this on 7") continues the high, another passionate & beautiful delivery - initially my preferred until the previous two snuck through. 'I'll Be Your Man' with some spaghetti-western guitar & 'Morning Light' with the harmonium as the key element both continue this atmospheric vibe. Finally 'Love Won't Be Leaving' with an interesting guitar percussion break ends the LP on a high. Passionate raw sensual songs of love falling somewhere between God & the Devil.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance 1 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those cds that leave you breathless and makes you wonder what the hell could follow it.Her vocal range is so varied,so amazing and heartfelt.Her songs are all so powerful and emotional.She draws on music from decades ago as well as more recent and yet she emphatically puts her stamp on all the tracks.Her backing band are superb too and never swamp that magical voice.And as for her guitar playing,its totally brilliant,one moment soft and the next it becomes a weapon.I have been playing guitar for nearly forty years and am in awe at her ability,cant think of any better performance on any cd.Hope the next one comes quick-we all need more challenging and creative masterpieces like this
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Anna 15 Aug 2011
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A tremendous debut record delivered with passion and power, which serves to allow you to ignore some of the inadequacies of the production values. For me the standout track is Desire with a real powerhouse vocal from Calvi which puts the hairs up on the back of your neck. The opener Rider to the Sea is an atmospheric instrumental which ends with a Django style flourish on the guitar. Calvi has a great voice, is nifty on the guitar and has great image to boot. Other great tracks are Blackout and Suzanne and I, but to be fair I enjoyed it all from start to finish. Some of the other reviews mention Patti Smith and PJ Harvey and I can't for the life of me hear this apart from in the production (Harvey's producer). I'm more inclined to towards the more grandiose David Bowie tracks, such as Wild is the Wind and the power of Edith Piaf as sources of Calvi's inspiration. In conclusion a great record from an artist who only get better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album 21 Feb 2014
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First time I heard an Anna Calvi song I was bewitched by her enchanting haunting vocals. So as I was looking for something new to add to my favourites playlist daringly (for me) purchased the album. Not at all disappointed and recommend if you're looking for some alternative . Music which is . Peaceful yet passionate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Totally brilliant, lived up to all the hype and acclaim
Published 20 days ago by DaveTT
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nothing special to add - like it but that's all
Published 1 month ago by Frankwdt
3.0 out of 5 stars i desire anna calvi
but i doubt whether she is interested in me. this is a good album, not great, but well worth a listen
Published 8 months ago by stewie
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
Not my cup of tea. Felt disappointment on listing to this CD, very overrated. When you here that Ms Calvi locked herself away for months to make this CD it left me with the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christof
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer quality from the first track to the last
Why hasn't this album sold by the millions? What is wrong with the nation's ears? Without doubt one of the best albums of the past decade and worthy of comparison with Back To... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stephen Benyunes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Infectious
What a talent Anna Calvi is. Love the flamenco influence on some of the tracks. Lent this to my best mate after we went hillwalking together & listened to it in the car on the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by C Hobbes
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent record and service
music is great and the pressing is too.
It only took a few days to my door and packing was excellent for 1 album.
Published 21 months ago by ]eep
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it at all
I have given this album so many listens now in hope it will grow on me and it still hasn't made any impact at all. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2012 by Rebecca
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