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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B004BUUL04
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,687 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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4.4 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prog Rob on 19 Oct. 2013
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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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By steady eddy on 1 Nov. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs N M Gifford Cowan on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin. on 15 Aug. 2011
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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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By voltyvic on 11 May 2011
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This is a fantastic, passionate debut. Not a single duff track. The only downside is that it doesn't have Jezebel or Moulinette on it. I've been trying to find new music and Amazon came up with this. People always want to pigeonhole or compare artists but I see no point. I listen to lots of female singers and they all sound very different to me. Anna Calvi is one of the best I've come across in a long time :)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
That Anna Calvi has gained Brian Eno's seal of approval so early in
her career will no doubt have delighted her. It certainly will not
have done any harm to the appearance of her eponymous debut album.
A little gravitas goes a long way and it would appear that Ms Calvi is
indeed an inspired and talented artist who deserves to be taken seriously.

The ten tracks on this very fine recording possess a glorious
rough-and-ready grandeur. Ms Calvi's creations have an immediacy
about them which connects directly with the nervous system;
visceral, primal nuggets of raw energy hurled into the air by
a feisty nouveau-punk princess! She sings like she means it; a rich,
powerful mezzo with a well-controlled and distinctive vibrato.
She plays the electric guitar with brash confidence too; big
jangly chords and slippery runs saturated in layers of 1960's reverb.
Moreover there is a freshness and originality in her vision which
hints at further riches to come as a bright future unfolds before her.

There are some terrific songs here. The solid, pounding rhythmic
foundation of 'Desire' is a call to arms, a cris de coeur and a
passionate anthem to make the blood race faster in our veins!

So too the dense wall of sound surrounding 'Suzanne and I'. A
subtely bluesy melody with a wonderfully surreal harmonic break.
Ms Calvi is clearly throwing her heart and soul into it.
This is musical alchemy of the first order. Elemental stuff!

The softer, whispering opening of 'First We Kiss' evolves into
the albums most emotionally uplifting climax.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2011
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The debut from Anna Calvi has been on and off the playlist since I first listened to it in January. It came with a blast of publicity (BBC talent of the year mentions, Eno & Cave singing the praises) and it didn't seem to get much beyond that. Now with a Mercury nomination this might yet change as this is a strong debut from a talent that could hopefully be with us for some time.

Sounding something between PJ Harvey and Siouxsie Soux Calvi wields her two instruments (voice and guitar) through the dark and increasingly haunting numbers and showing influences that are modern, operatic and gothic. And yes her voice is truly wielded like an instrument here underpinning the whole sometimes majestic sounding pieces. The closing Love Won't Be Leaving builds to the strings and vocal ending that leaves the listener wanting more. Some tracks are immediate because they follow normal song structures and Suzanne & I is a good example of this with it opening drums and bass sounding like 80's goth. However, the howling Devil is equally beguiling on further listens and benefits from acoustic guitar. Calvi herself said 'a lot of the record is about the guitar'. And yes it is - but the deep voice also is equally important. Sometimes it does get a bit overblown but overall this is a strong and impressive debut which has announced a new talent.
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