‘Beautiful and candid, One Breath proves Anna Calvi has her fragilities. They just happen to be as captivating as her strengths’ – Q – 4*
‘Breathtaking, an undeniable upgrade on its much-vaunted predecessor’ – MOJO – 4*
‘Stunning’ - Uncut – 8/10
‘One Breath is truly cathartic’ – Guardian – 4*
In the two years since she released her self-titled debut, life has changed for Anna Calvi, and One Breath comes from a very different place. She wrote the first album over a long period of time, not knowing if anyone would ever even hear it, but made One Breath in a few short weeks, determined not to make it a replica.
The album opens with Suddenly, its words telling a very different story to its euphoric sound. "It's about how the memories of any difficult experience you've had are always with you at some level, even after you've re-built your strength again. I like the juxtaposition - the music is in a major key and it’s quite upbeat, but the story is more vulnerable.”
The soaring Eliza continues that theme, striking a delicate balance between optimism and despair.
It's about seeing a strong and beautiful woman who reminds you of a part of yourself that has got lost somehow, and striving to become that person again.”