In the seven years since she released her self-titled debut album, British singer-songwriter Anna Calvi has reached a rarefied level of critical acclaim. Her haunting, operatic voice and complex guitar playing, rough and gentle at once, have made her the darling of the UK press. Calvi’s songs get heavy rotation on BBC Radio 6, and she has two Mercury Prize nominations to her name.
Calvi’s sound is recognizable enough here to please her loyal listeners: “Hunter” uses her trademark blossoming chord progressions to craft an epic ballad; her fingerwork makes a genuine lullaby of the dreamlike “Swimming Pool.” But her remarkable evolution on Hunter pushes her artistry to another level. To say that Anna Calvi has found her voice with her third album would be reductive; both literally and figuratively, her voice has always been crystal clear. Yet she’s certainly found a new way of speaking, one that uses her musical mastery to communicate something truly urgent.