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Anna Calvi cultivated her talents as a girl in England, listening to her parents’ Maria Callas, Debussy, and Ravel records. Later she gravitated from her violin playing to guitar, listening to (and learning from) masters like Jimi Hendrix and Django Reinhardt. Her music is rich with drama, calling up touchstones like Ray Orbison, PJ Harvey, and her idol, Edith Piaf. Genres like flamenco, goth, and the blues—plus cinematic influences like James Bond theme songs and the dark visions of David Lynch—are also apparent. After becoming her fan (and unofficial mentor), Brian Eno joined her in the studio to record backup vocals on two of the strongest tracks: “Desire” and “Suzanne & I.” The album is produced by PJ Harvey producer and collaborator Rob Ellis. Calvi's best when she shepherds her disparate influences and powerful, intense voice into the rock arena, as she does on the tracks mentioned above and on the galloping “Blackout” and the spaghetti western–spiced “I’ll Be Your Man.” Nick Cave asked Calvi to join him on Grinderman’s 2010 tour, and a finer double bill is hard to imagine.

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Karl Lagerfeld's favorite :)

The "it" album I didn't even know I was waiting for.

Sophisticated, subtly sexy, and above all, just a bloody good album. Calvi is an intriguing artist who has managed to create a sense of nostalgia whilst still providing a breath of fresh air (ironic, is it not?) I strongly suggest first time listeners to purchase this album as well as her past singles (the French version of "Jezebel" never ceases to blow me away). Much love for Anna.


Born: September 24, 1980 in Twickenham, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Hailed as "the best thing since Patti Smith" by Brian Eno, as well as being included in the BBC's Sound of 2011 list, the hype surrounding London-born Anna Calvi came to a crescendo in late 2010. Gaining critical acclaim among music journalists, Calvi drew comparisons with passionate and brooding musicians like Nick Cave and Polly Jean Harvey. The dense and rich musical influences that inhabit Calvi's world are broad and distinctive strokes of sultry flamenco, smoke-filled blues, and seductive goth...
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