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Anna Calvi


Third album from the London indie rock singer and guitarist co-produced by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)

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  1. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Anna Calvi creates emotion in a way few others do. Whatever your opinion of her style of music I defy you not to be moved by this album
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Hunter is glorious and triumphant, a record that succeeds on any terms you try to force upon it
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  3. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Hunter lays claim to a range of roles and emotions typically off-limits for women, particularly aggression and sexual agency, while reclaiming the one usually assigned them: vulnerability
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  4. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    A liberating, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll album that tears blind masculinity to shreds while redefining feminine power and desire
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  5. 8.4 |   Gig Soup

    British singer-songwriter Anna Calvi is at her most focused and confident on her third album 'Hunter', a powerful record that playfully explores the fluidity of gender and sexual desire in a refreshingly wild yet often vulnerable way
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    This is the album we've been waiting for, whether we knew it or not
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  7. 8.0 |   NME

    Finds Anna Calvi rejecting societal norms, her sound less polished than on previous albums
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Throughout, even when tackling gender ambiguity, Calvi (right) sounds bold, imperious and certain of her place in the world
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    She has bloomed into a wilder, freer and more direct version of herself
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    Hunter is the record where, more than any other, Calvi's talents have fully crystallized
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  11. 8.0 |   NOW

    Twice nominated for Britain’s Mercury Prize, Calvi has consistently delivered brilliant albums. This new era of openness only serves to push her to more relevant and engaging levels
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  12. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Calvi is on defiant form on third album Hunter, her most explicitly queer, feminist record yet
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  13. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Hunter is a tempestuous album full of haunting, unsettling vocals; it resonates with evocative power
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  14. 8.0 |   The Music

    Calvi has injected an even darker edge to her sharp alt-pop and created an album that is thoughtful, immersive and a pleasure for the ears
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  15. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Calvi remains in firm control on Hunter, but she lets loose more than enough moments of bliss to satisfy
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    There's a wildness to it, a predatory snarl as it bares its teeth and chases down new ways of expressing desire, different ways of being. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A soaring, feverish conflagration of sense and sensuality. Print edition only

  18. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    On her first album in five years, the goth-rock guitar virtuoso abandons her typically detached perspective to ruminate on gender, sexuality, and identity with newfound urgency
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  19. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    I love Calvi’s perspective as an artist, but her subversion of typical rock tropes works best when she’s being ambiguous
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  20. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    Her’s is a sound that’s daunting and distinctive, brash yet beguiling
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  21. 7.0 |   Uncut

    There's still a lingering sense of promise not quite fulfilled about Anna Clavi, such that Hunter feels like a make or break album. Print edition only

  22. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This is Anna Calvi, a trio of albums in, turning unrest into contagious liberation
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  23. 7.0 |   Crack

    The fact that a guitarist of Calvi’s calibre has chosen to keep the instrument firmly in the background on Hunter speaks to its adventurousness, both musically and thematically
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  24. 7.0 |   The 405

    It’s no grand statement nor future staple of art rock, but it’s Calvi’s most complete record yet
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  25. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Musically, Hunter is at its best when it juxtaposes gentle, intimate moments with explosive crescendos
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  26. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Calvi's voice slips from Grace Jones-ish velvet snarl to gothic operatics, without the joins showing
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  27. 6.0 |   DIY

    A stomping rock opera of ten tracks all held together by a common theme
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  28. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Gutsy and resonant
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