1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
passionate raw sensual songs of love falling somewhere between god & the devil,
This review is from: Anna Calvi (Audio CD)
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.