“Suzanne and I” by Anna Calvi
She’s got the austere yet soulful howl of David Bowie, with a dance beat that recalls Simply Red or Siouxsie and the Banshees. Anna Calvi’s song “Suzanne and I” may have lyrics too strange or too simple to comprehend, but the mood of it is infectiously mainstream — and in the best possible way. Nominated this year for Barclay’s Mercury Prize (the English equivalent for an Album of the Year Grammy), Calvi lost out to PJ Harvey’s second win with “Let England Shake,” but this sparse, accomplished debut album indicates she’ll have many more chances to take the spotlight away from
Polly Jean. Oh yeah, and doesn’t the intro beat sound a lot like this song?