AOTY 2018
Anna Calvi - Hunter
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2018 Ratings: #110 / 705
User Score
Based on 161 ratings
2018 Ratings: #98
August 31, 2018 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
Art Rock, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
God Is in the TV

It’s standard Calvi fare; intelligently written and performed throughout and with the added benefit this time of the alluringly strong hooks that have been the missing link distancing her from greatness.

100
The Guardian

Hunter is glorious and triumphant, a record that succeeds on any terms you try to force upon it.

91
A.V. Club

More than just grafting on its politics and themes of liberation, Hunter embodies them by capturing a freer, more complex—and queerer—view of its creator.

90
Northern Transmissions

By mixing sounds all over the sonic palette with her powerhouse voice, this record feels like a long-lost classic you finally just got around to listening to.

90
PopMatters

Anna Calvi's Hunter is a liberating, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll album that tears blind masculinity to shreds while redefining feminine power and desire.

85
GIGsoup

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.

80
Exclaim!

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

80
The Line of Best Fit

Three excellent albums in, Calvi has produced her most complex work to date.

80
The Independent

Overall, this is a powerful statement from a laudably liberated artist. A record red in tooth and claw.

80
AllMusic

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

80
NOW Magazine

With this release, Calvi is publicly out and it lends Hunter a directness and boldness that her previous efforts may have contained musically but not always lyrically.

80
NME
This is an album of extremes, but they’re all bridged by bold and fluid movements of an artist refusing to be either man, woman or victim – always the hunter.
80
Clash

‘Hunter’ sees Calvi build on her prodigious self-titled debut and flawless follow up ‘One Breath’, but also push herself musically.

78
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.

76
Paste

Apparently, her self-doubt’s been banished for good, and given the evidence offered on her latest album Hunter, Calvi’s clearly got the confidence needed to take her place among the echelon of Britain’s new musical elite.

70
Slant Magazine

By revealing the full spectrum of her sexual expression and identity, she makes a bold and defiant statement on postgenderism through uncompromising music that's alternately elegant and raw.

70
Loud and Quiet

With primal percussion, unleashed guitars and arresting lyricism, Calvi pushes the boundaries of her instrumentalism and vocal skill here in a manner that perfectly mirrors her internal struggle against the confines of preconceived notions of gender.

70
Crack Magazine

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.

70
The 405

An improvement on One Breath, Hunter is more experimental and less generic, with fuller production and catchier refrains.

60
DIY

With its high concepts and bold instrumentals the album feels a little heavy at times, but you really can’t fault its ambition.

60
The Observer
Anna Calvi is a dramatic performer, armed with a fearsome guitar sound and a voice that can pivot from languorous to carnivorous in a heartbeat. Her songs, however, can struggle to match those raw materials, remaining true to a generic, brooding aesthetic that has played out better, many times, elsewhere.
hellodecatur
81
It's hard to act like this is Anna Calvi's first time toying with gender norms considering she's been singing songs like "I'll Be Your Man" for the better half of the 2010s, but Hunter is definitely her shedding any kind of artistic coyness behind the subject. On the first record we got a chamber-pop paean to the experience of a first kiss; here we get an explosive ode to BDSM ("Chain"), and that's often just the tip of the iceberg.

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Plats
84
That voice! Holy hell it’s so sensual my ears are being fucked in pleasure by the music... wait, what? Anyway, the rest of Anna Calvi’s new album is great with some good writing, beautiful hooks and a great range of emotion.

Fav Tracks: Hunter, Chain, Alpha, As a Man, Swimming Pool, Don’t Beat the Girl out of My Boy

Least Fav Track: Away

Score:
8.4
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morgchrist
84
Easily her best album to date. She finally landed on the right sound to match her magnificent voice. The whole thing just seeps with drama and emotion

Favorite songs: Hunter, Chain
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#6/Drowned in Sound
#14/musicOMH
#21/God Is In The TV
#22/Fopp
#31/MOJO
#37/Rough Trade
#45/Uncut

Track List

  1. As a Man
  2. Hunter
  3. Don’t Beat the Girl out of My Boy
  4. Indies or Paradise
  5. Swimming Pool
  6. Alpha
  7. Chain
  8. Wish
  9. Away
  10. Eden
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