Anna Calvi’s debut album, by the same name, is nothing short of stunning. She has been recommened by many a big name, Brian Eno, Nick Cave and Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons to name a few, she was also named the BBC’s Sound of 2011. At the moment, especially in the UK, the song Blackout is all over the radio, potentially the second best song on the album. Desire could potentially be the best, but it’s all subjective.
Her debut single Jezebel released last year was written in 1951 and first recorded by Edith Piaf in French, safe to say Calvi’s English translation does it justice.
She’s somewhere between Patti Smith, Florence Welch and PJ Harvey, not a bad combination. A voice such as hers doesn’t come around very often and with Adele off conquering the New World, Europe needs another brilliant talent.
As for Paris, Anna Calvi is playing at the Trianon on the 22nd April (which by some cruel twist of fate sees me in England for a week) and Rock en Seine in August, 109€ for the weekend, http://www.fnac.fr
Buy the CD. Buy the MP3 download. Just own it.