We’d perhaps forgotten just how stunningly effective Anna Calvi could be. We won’t need reminding again.
It’s five years since Anna Calvi’s last full-length, 2013’s ‘One Breath’. Whatever she’s been saving up since, it’s potent stuff.
When she says she’s “waited five years for this moment”
, the raw thrust of first track back ‘Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy’ makes perfect sense. Immediate but considered, powerful but deliberate, it’s a stunning return which makes an artist already at the top of her field feel fresher and more essential than ever before.
Strident and firm, there’s a hint of Karen O’s world class vamp to the razor sharp, delicately wielded chorus. Like a well flexed muscle, little is put on just for show - everything is about delivering that killer blow.
With a primal howl, we’d perhaps forgotten just how stunningly effective Anna Calvi could be. We won’t need reminding again.