7/10 Clinton Staff review, 04 October 2013
The inner sleeve of this new Anna Calvi album is the glossiest thing I’ve ever touched. It’s like some kind of new super-gloss paper. The music luckily retains a grainier edge. There is no getting away from it so I might as well say it before we go any further...PJ Harvey. Ah...thats better.
Opener ‘Suddenly’ is excellent dark angry rock with a catchy wordless chorus. The trick is almost replicated exactly on ‘Eliza’ but it's a good idea so I’ll let her use it twice. Anna Calvi, as well as being good at applying make-up is good at making swirling dark angry lady-rock which luckily retains a nice sense of melody amongst its lopsided song structures. ‘Piece by Piece’ is particularly odd, eschewing the guitars for plinky electronica and what we will call farty noises. It's not always palatable this record.
‘Cry’ is another disorientating listen sounding uncannily like some of Billy McKenzie’s wierder offerings. There is a torch song element to a lot of the songs, ‘Sing To Me’ sounds a little like some of the more spectral Goldfrapp stuff. She seems to have got the rockier stuff out the way on the first couple of tracks which is a shame as I was enjoying it. Then again, it's not ALL about me is it?
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