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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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Too early for Album of the Year?

For a long time I've been cynically bemoaning the lack of originality in music. And then this comes along. Wonderful songs, fantastic guitar and arrangements and a sound that moves across genres and styles. Fan-blooming-tastic. No longer cynical!

Still wondering

Think Goldfrapp meets The Banchees on the set of a Spaghetti Western and you'd be about right. A refreshing change from all of the pop-ettes and Beyonce type screamers, silky smooth tones and cinematic soundscapes. It's s grower so give it a chance.


Amazing, like nothing i've heard before and well worth a buy!


Born: 24 September 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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