Anna Calvi
One Breath



by STOP SHOUTING! USER (28 Reviews)
December 9th, 2013 | 6 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Her love is lost, it rots, her life decays, her soul descends.

Out of the mouth of a cave, far away on some godforsaken desolate hillside, emerges a wild-haired, red-eyed banshee. The rain tumbles down dull and dreary. The wind blows and the wind roars. In the gloaming, that short shelf that sits between the setting of the sun and the depth of darkness, when loping lovers steal trysts in hushed recesses, she remembers her own lover. He who is no more. And Anna Calvi throws back her head, looks up to the moon and howls.

Her love is lost, it rots, her life decays, her soul descends. She stirs her cauldron, mixes in snot and tears. “Tell your heart: go find another, but the darkness comes, and oh another endless night” she chants. That guitar, once a dizzy adjunct in some out of time spaghetti western film track, is now a chainsaw, bludgeoning and battering. She screams in rage to the grunge punk of Love of My Life, screams in despair to the gothic pop of Cry, screams at the dying light with eternal blackness.

She shivers, retreats to the warmth of the fire. In the flickering flames she recalls the face of her lover … almost smiles. She combs her long lank hair, wretched and ragged, croons to herself the sublime chorus of Carry Me Over. In Piece By Piece she seduces with her breathy whispers, octave-climbing. But only a moment, never more than a moment. Like a magpie dazzled by stolen glitter, she never lingers on these pretty choruses, but meanders back mesmerized to her nest of staccato verses, meanders back to her misery.

There is nothing left here but to escape. She mounts her broomstick, makes for the moon made incarnadine with the blood of her own wounds in Bleed To Me. She drowses in cascades of violins, soothes herself in classical interludes, casts impotent invocations with the choral apotheosis of The Bridge. She plucks out the stars in the sky. There is nothing left.

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December 9th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. Liked this album more than her first.

December 9th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks! I admire it, I'm still not sure how much I like it.

December 9th 2013


Cool chick.

Staff Reviewer
February 5th 2014


Album Rating: 3.1

Unique English singer-songwriter & guitarist Anna Calvi returns with yet another ambitious release on 2nd LP 'One Breath'. Produced by Joe Congleton, the impressive guitar-work of her debut is dialed down here, with the focus predominantly on Calvi's intriguing voice. There's a subtlety to the sound which produces some impressive noir-ish atmospheres, while a handful of orchestral climaxes are simply gorgeous. Calvi's versatility is on full show here, but can be both a blessing & a curse, with the wild ride somehow not resulting in any clear-cut highlights & only occasionally connecting with listeners. Recommended Tracks: Suddenly, Piece by Piece & Eliza.

April 29th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

Suddenly is a great track.

May 2nd 2014


Album Rating: 3.5

Davey, man or machine?

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