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This is the stunning debut of guitarist and vocalist Anna Calvi. Brian Eno championed her as the most visionary female artist since Patti Smith, Nick Cave has taken her and her band on tour in Europe with Grinderman and Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey's right hand studio man) produced the album with her. Her playing is inspired by Django Rheinhart as much as Jimi Hendrix and her singing style is Nina Simone with a bit Maria Callas- her sound is a passionate and incredibly original mix.

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"At every turn, there are subtleties, whispers, shadowy impulses, counterbalancing unbridled orchestral passages, and the tumult of that voice." --Mojo

1. Rider To the Sea
2. No More Words
3. Desire
4. Suzanne & 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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B004I3U7US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I would recommend to anyone who appreciates good music.
murr01
It mentioned that her music sound like it belong on a David Lynch sound tract.
2JackRussels
This is a fantastic album from an artist that has talent in spades.
Jeannine R. Sykes

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gaylen Halbert on March 16, 2011
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This album was a brave production in that it shunned formula and disregarded potential for broad commercial appeal. My first listen was a bit uncomfortable, but it affected me so much that I played the CD again immediately. That's all it took to recognize Anna Calvi is a powerful singer with professional people around her who succeeded in giving her a recording that makes her a force to be reckoned with. I took a risk ordering this album. I am very happy with my purchase. Much like many years ago when I first heard Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run I thought "what the heck is this?". Of course after a second or third listen I became a believer. I'm a believer in Anna Calvi.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Perfik on June 26, 2011
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When I first heard about Anna Calvi it came from a recommendation from one of my all-time faves Nick Cave. So obviously I was intrigued as Nick isn't exactly a public figure who recommends much. The album is a grower and now i'm certainly impressed and really in love with the songs. I was able to see Calvi live in Los Angeles recently and it blew me away. I went on a whim and since then the record has been on repeat. Her guitar playing is superb and takes her out of the 'singer-songwriter' category thankfully. Her voice is amazing and what I found even better is that her speaking voice is high-pitched and squeaky (still pretty) like a mouse. This is a great indie album of 2011 and I hope more people get introduced to Anna's music so in the USA we can see her more often. Great album, pick it up and tell your friends about it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mad Man on March 1, 2011
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This is really a terrific album. It has a sound all its own--and while one grasps for parallels in order to give it some context, I am surprised that I have not seen Chris Issak mentioned. It has a similar quality of some of his best songs in that the sound is rather otherworldly--it suggests/evokes the past, but yet is firmly entrenched in the present. This is what makes it otherworldly.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ian McCarthy on February 1, 2011
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Easy to hear why Brian Eno decided to produce Anna Calvi's debut album after falling in love with the demos she recorded in an attic.

A lot of the buzz about this album plays up Calvi's PJ Harvey ferocity and Elvis crooning mixed with how her virtuosa guitar work nods to Debussy, Ravel, and Messiaen as much as it does to Hendrix.

Which is all there in abundance: Elvis on "Morning Light," Debussy on the opening to the epic "Blackout," John Dowland on the first bars of "The Devil," and Wind-Cries-Mary Hendrix on the opening dust-and-tumbleweeds "Rider to the Sea" - which really has to be played as an overture straight through to the end of "No More Words," ideally at full blast driving the PCH with the top down... or emerging from the Tube into the slush of a Brixton street.

But it's how much it feels like her music is at home in *and* able to transform such completely different contexts that makes it so epic for me. It keeps surprising me with its richness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Les carbonnades flamandes on January 29, 2012
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I have already forgotten how I came across Anna Calvi, but her band's playing has absorbed me since. One of the curiosities about Calvi is the odd gulf (perhaps not so odd) between her tiny demeanour and voice offstage in interviews and the powerful space-filling persona when she sings and plays guitar. I'd recommend anyone to watch some good YouTube concert clips --- but they don't replace the CD. On the cd Anna's studio voice is clearer, as some of her lyrics are murmured/whispered, which is problematic in a concert setting. Calvi is a very talented, intelligent, and professional artist, and I hope she copes with the next couple of years of the craziness of tours. I'd really recommend you see three Youtube items.

One: the brief NOISEVOX video interview, of which her last sentence is crucial.
Two: watch the proof of the private:stage personae split, in her Le Trianon concert performance of JEZEBEL.
Three: her Le Trianon masterpiece, LOVE WON'T BE LEAVING, that lifted a thousand people out of their seats and gave us a guitar solo to remember for ever.

This is a mild young woman, barely five feet tall, who played violin at age 6 and at university earned a music degree in violin --- yet wields that 'axe' as excitingly as Hendrix. I cross my fingers for Calvi's career. She is unique.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeannine R. Sykes on February 28, 2011
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This is a fantastic album from an artist that has talent in spades. I believe we may be witnessing someone who is on the artistic level of a Bowie or a Buckley (Jeff)... and this being just her first foray into this song-writing thing, I'm personally very excited to see what she does next. Stunning stuff!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Camm on November 7, 2011
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A compelling original with many references to the past that sound instantly familiar but that I can't name. Hard to pin down. Post-punk New York and spaghetti Westerns appear repeatedly. A minimalist twanging Western guitar repeatedly suggests Television without offering any of their skill or much of their lyricism. A sense of edgy, noir confusion, contradictions, and emotional chaos prevail. She repeatedly swells to the edge of a major anthem, only to retreat. The tension is compelling, but frustrating. I feel a big heart in a scary place, navigating her way, with powerful aspirations but self-protective caution, through grit and threat. The strongest tracks are labeled "S" below.

1. Rider to the sea. Brief twangs of a Western guitar from a foreboding, noir spaghetti Western spaced out in a hyper-spare setting. The building chorus in the closing suggests the looming climax of such a movie.
2. No more words (S). Quietly, steadily chugging--1-2-1-2-1-2. "Oh my love" is chanted over and over by a yearning female voice somehow cut loose. Behind, the Western twanger, now vaguely Television-like--leads a setting that boils up steadily into rasping rock in the space between verses. Repeat.
3. Desire (S--best of CD). Something close to bagpipes, backed by smacking drums and flourishing guitars, frames an urgent, powerful female voice very close to Patti Smith's. Time is suspended as the verses build tension, which is finally released in a big anthemic classic rock chorus somewhere between Smith and Springsteen. Somehow big and quietly steady at the same time. Is it better suited to protective granite security or the flashing thunder of stadium music?
4. Suzanne and I. Big New York rock, at once grand, noir, emotional, and held close.
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