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Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi

Debut of album atmospheric pop from London-based singer produced by PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Domino
UK Release date
17/01/2011
  1. 10.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Pop has its place and all that, but for serious lovers of serious music, Calvi is the one to watch
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    A gifted musician, possessor of a unique voice and writer of inimitable songs, Calvi is already primed for greatness
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  3. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It’s her otherworldly voice, hinting as much at a fiery Shirley Bassey as it does modern pop artists like Welch and Natasha Khan, that stands out as the driving force
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  4. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    An incredibly assured, confident debut from a real talent
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  5. 9.0 |   NME

    Perhaps the first great record of 2011
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  6. 8.0 |   State

    Allow this record to lure you down some rain streaked alley way and leave you in a pool of your own claret, mumbling at the beauty of it all. Oh sweet death, the seductress!
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  7. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    An intriguing prospect, if not yet an entirely distinctive voice
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  8. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    In a league of her own
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  9. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A considerable talent and this is a debut of some importance
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    When you hear her investing songs such as No More Words and Desire with haunting airs, cinematic plushness and passionate fever, it’s clear that she’s beholden to no one
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  11. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Defiantly mysterious, moonlit, and belongs on the periphery of pop
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  12. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Britain has found a fantastic virtuoso
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  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Each song feels like a one-night stand; some you slink away from, heart untouched – but with others you fall torridly in love
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  14. 8.0 |   The Fly

    An arresting, sparse and darkly captivating listen
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  15. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A little more self-editing is needed but the raw talent is undeniable: 2011 is Calvi's for the taking
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  16. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This is an album with potentially massive appeal, likely to unite indie fans, lovers of pop and strokers of beards in admiration
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  17. 8.0 |   BBC

    In a world overflowing with female singer-songwriters, Anna Calvi’s exceptional guitar playing and raw, elemental style certainly mark her out as different from the herd
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  18. 8.0 |   Mojo

    From the off, Anna Calvi rises above the instant-gratification kick of so much contemporary music. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   Uncut

    This isn't just a great debut. It's a fearless rejection of current pop trends. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Her debut takes a swirl of familiar tropes and reframes them; it's a gutsy and sonorous start
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  21. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    It can sometimes feel more like a series of controlled demolitions than something from the gut
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  22. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    At Calvi's highest points, Siouxsie Sioux, Chrissie Hynde, and Patti Smith are fair comparisons
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  23. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Has a lot to offer in the way of seductive, late night listening
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  24. 7.0 |   Clash

    More alternative cabaret than gothic melodrama - and much better for it
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  25. 6.0 |   Q

    There's a little too much in the way of filler, but this is a promising start. Print edition only

  26. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Incorporating instrumental spaghetti-western fret-work alongside pseudo-Bond themes and Patti Smith-style high drama
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  27. 6.0 |   DIY

    Calvi undoubtedly has an incredibly powerful voice, astounding guitar technicality, an ear for a tune and a mind for songcraft
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  28. 5.5 |   Bowlegs

    Calvi will undoubtedly step out from the crowd, her confidence demands it, and the high points on this debut confirm it
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  29. 3.0 |   Pitchfork

    A mixture of sprawling guitars that teeter somewhere between Tortoise’s mathy noodlings, Deerhunter's brownish hue, Hendrix's fade outs and Howling Bells’ shimmering grunge-gaze
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