Anna Calvi – Fire & Passion on Debut
The artwork seemed too perfect and too commercial. Boy was I surprised by Ms. Calvi’s talent and sheer grandeur of her work. Some of the music—especially many of the guitar parts—seem to channel the epic sounds of Echo And The Bunnymen. Give it a try.
Calvi is an outstanding performer, armed with a twangy Fender Telecaster and a voice most anyone would steal if they could. She conveys the passion of Edith Piaf (in fact, she’s covered a Piaf classic), the starkness of guitarist Duane Eddy and the fire of Patti Smith. Her self-titled debut is one of the first big surprises of 2011, as well as one of my new favorites.
I’m not alone: Calvi arrives armed with ringing endorsements from high places. She’s captured the attention of Nick Cave, who invited her to tour with his Grinderman project, as well as Brian Eno, who’s become her unofficial mentor. She also scored a nomination for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 award.
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