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One Breath

Anna Calvi - One Breath
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Based on 20 reviews
2013 Ratings: #169 / 955
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2013 Ratings: #154
October 8, 2013 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
DIY

It is a better album than her debut. Teaming her dark, sultry torch-singer side with something more personal has worked wonders. One Breath is a beautiful, atmospheric triumph.

80
The 405

With a work as deep, inventive and sensual as One Breath, Anna Calvi has surely confirmed her place amongst the best of new British songwriters and performers.

80
musicOMH

While the dynamics may be a little different, her wonderfully expressive, kaleidoscopic guitar playing and that voice, capable of alternating within the space of a few notes from a barely audible whisper to a wailing banshee, both remain as compelling as ever.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Anna Calvi’s second record pushes her own boundaries – she doesn’t develop many groundbreaking discoveries or reinvent any wheels in the grander scope of things, but compared to her first LP, we’ve got something far removed.

80
AllMusic

Having eschewed much of the cavernous chamber pop of her debut for more challenging yet no less rewarding fare, Calvi's less adventurous fans may find themselves at a loss as to how to process it all, but there's something both immaculate and broken about One Breath that ultimately transcends its more difficult moments.

80
NME

There’s new confidence here, and a sense that she’s stretching herself musically and lyrically.

80
The Fly

‘One Breath’ lacks the overwhelming force of her earlier material, but given time it will surely burrow under your skin.

70
Drowned in Sound

One Breath benefits from its variety and from a taste for experimentation which, striking subtle chords that invite the listener to stay and revisit.

EMR
59
Anna Calvi displays once again her songwriting skills and strong personality. In One Breath, her alternative-rock style is taken further to a near goth atmosphere, relying heavily on her amazing voice and big, wide instrumentation, that really helps bring out the best in each of the eleven tracks here. There are some pretty good art-rock songs in this album, and, while the last quarter of the album doesn't deliver as well as the rest of it, the overall dynamics of the record work pretty well ... read more
holsgr
69
☆☆☆ ~ Great and respectable work. Even though the whole project doesn't manages the virtuosity and versatility as a majestic album effectively does, the overall feeling was succesfully positive on me.
CheapandLethal
95
Exceptional
80
The thing about Anna Calvi is the contrast between how shy she is in person and how majestically powerful her stage persona becomes. Among the passive-aggressive melodies in One Breath, Anna Calvi's voice soars with elegance filled with emotion.
tha138
60
Everything is in its right place.
Manifactured on schedule, it lacks the human factor.
Mayby next time.
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Track List

  1. Suddenly
  2. Eliza
  3. Piece By Piece
  4. Cry
  5. Sing To Me
  6. Tristan
  7. One Breath
  8. Love Of My Life
  9. Carry Me Over
  10. Bleed Into Me
  11. The Bridge
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