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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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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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