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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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Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi's music is crystal-clear fresh. Her music makes a bold statement while asking the question "What is next?" Truly engaging, mysterious like Karen Elson, raw like Patty Smith, bold like P.J. Harvey. Love her stratocaster guitar laying out the territory while her voice explores as she tells her stories. This woman has voice and talent. I can see this music as a tremendous soundtrack to movie as well as standing on its own. Buy it! Available tomorrow!

Good stuff...great voice

Let's just call the next Bond movie "Suzanne and I" and use that song as the opening theme song for the movie.

Insanity at it's most pristine!

This album is so great. It's siouxsie and the banshees meet pj Harvey meets I don't know what! I'd write more but I'm playing call of duty respawn!


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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