11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One thing that sets Anna Calvi apart from other powerful female vocalists is her fleet and agile phrasing and partitioning of syllables, done in an operatic fashion that's so unintimidating that even those of us with average voices (or less) are compelled to breathe deep and belt out Calvi’s tunes along with her. On her 2011 self-titled debut, the big song “Desire” paved the way for a string of impressive singles; those led to One Breath, her second full-length. Slightly less pop-focused than Anna Calvi, this set includes scowling guitars and belching synths, brokenhearted strings, angst-filled silent spaces, whispers that seem driven by pain and/or desires, and heavenly choruses that lift the spirit even when it feels too heavy. From fantastic, grinding art-rock (the distortion-dripping “Love of My Life”) and “Desire”-esque anthems (the delirious “Suddenly” and roaring “Eliza”) to mini style-shifting epics (“Piece by Piece”) and lovely, vaporous gems (“Sing to Me,” “The Bridge”), Anna Calvi—the singer and composer and musician—again impresses deeply.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

One thing that sets Anna Calvi apart from other powerful female vocalists is her fleet and agile phrasing and partitioning of syllables, done in an operatic fashion that's so unintimidating that even those of us with average voices (or less) are compelled to breathe deep and belt out Calvi’s tunes along with her. On her 2011 self-titled debut, the big song “Desire” paved the way for a string of impressive singles; those led to One Breath, her second full-length. Slightly less pop-focused than Anna Calvi, this set includes scowling guitars and belching synths, brokenhearted strings, angst-filled silent spaces, whispers that seem driven by pain and/or desires, and heavenly choruses that lift the spirit even when it feels too heavy. From fantastic, grinding art-rock (the distortion-dripping “Love of My Life”) and “Desire”-esque anthems (the delirious “Suddenly” and roaring “Eliza”) to mini style-shifting epics (“Piece by Piece”) and lovely, vaporous gems (“Sing to Me,” “The Bridge”), Anna Calvi—the singer and composer and musician—again impresses deeply.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
TheRealPistolPete ,

Gorgeous Work!

Thank you Anna!

fitman30 ,

one breath

anna calve amazing

loneytunes ,

Amazingly Meh

I'll admit all I knew of Calvi before this was her song Blackout. That song is pretty flippin' cool.

This album has maybe two or three songs that are worth listening to, but the first three tracks especially are boring and weird without much redeeming artistic value. I think some of it is the producer, he seems to have told her that being raw and imitating people like Zola Jesus was the right choice. Instead of the smoothness exhibted on her last album, she crows as loud as possibly or warbles softly and both are just tonally disturbing. And not in an affective way, just in a "I no longer want to hear you sing way".

A true misfire by someone who has talent. Hopefully she'll right the ship with the next album.

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