hugely impressive debut album from the much-talked about london-based singer/guitarist anna calvi. brian eno has championed her as the most visionary female artiste since patti smith, nick cave has just taken her on tour with grinderman & rob ellis (pj harvey’s studio man) has produced the music. luckily the record more than lives up to all the hype – calvi’s voice leads, a powerful mix of siouxsie, pj harvey & patti smith, singing of unashamed eroticism while playing a mean echo-soaked twanging telecaster guitar. the songs range effortlessly from the overly theatrical (‘i’ll be your man’) to the anthemic (‘desire’); from the classical (‘the devil’) to the isaak (‘love won’t be leaving’), stirring a cauldron of influences from messien & debussy, maria callas as well as the lush cinema of wong kar wei & the music played to her on her italian father’s knee. an astounding debut. “a fearless rejection of current pop trends, fashioning a benchmark of intensity & originality that the rest of this year’s albums will struggle to match” 4/5 – uncut, 4/5 – mojo.