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Anna Calvi



On her third album, Anna Calvi projects an assured, selfrealised voice as she tackles issues of ascribed gender roles and sexual stereotyping head-on. On the sensual, palm-muted As A Man, Calvi ponders rhetorical gender questions; the sweeping keyboard pads of Hunter, which bears melodic similarities to Morning Light from 2011’s self-titled debut, find company in fuzzy slide guitar and a Kate Bush-like falsetto; Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy confronts the subject of forcing young children to conform to outdated norms, Calvi breaking into a steepling howl at its climax. The virtuosic guitar playing that characterised her debut is often cloaked in effects, with reverb-heavy drums and keyboards played by Portishead’s Adrian Utley centre stage; although on the gothic drama of Indies Or Paradise, Calvi breaks into a brief hyperbolic divebombing solo, and Wish features some superlative playing. Three albums in, Anna Calvi has chosen to follow overtly the maxim of writing what you know, to stunning effect, on a record of high operatic drama and lyrical confidence. Gary Walker

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In issue 18 of Long Live Vinyl we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pixies’ classic debut album Surfer Rosa. We’ve left no stone unturned in getting the inside track on the making of the record at Boston’s Q Division Studios as Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Vaughan Oliver and Simon Larbalestier tell Long Live Vinyl about the legacy of an album that inspired David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. Plus, we bring you an in-depth review of 4AD’s new Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa Deluxe Edition. Elsewhere in this packed issue of Long Live Vinyl, we speak to teenage duo Let’s Eat Grandma about their superb sophomore album, I’m All Ears, head out on the road with Chicago guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker and tell the story of Small Faces’ legendary Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake LP. Post-punk fans will want to check out our Essential top 40 – a definitive collector’s guide to the genre, and our Classic Album series focuses on Pulp’s 1995 career-high Different Class. We also hear from legendary photographer Mick Rock about shooting David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, and The Trip visits a cratedigger’s paradise – Amsterdam. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find the widest range of album, turntable and hi-fi accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Enjoy the issue!