Lasting 100 minutes and requiring an orchestra, dozens of singers, cello and vocal soloists, the piece assaults the senses, deliberately seeking to encompass the listener within the scope of its sound.
Which songs should make our forthcoming list?
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Musicians and pundits need to get over their obsessive, nostalgic hero-worship. In 2014, David Bowie is irrelevant.
Call your girlfriend and tell her that there's a dancing robot version of Robyn, because science.
"Riot Grrrl, with its DIY culture and its handmade, handposted fanzines is about making what should exist instead: the greatest political work in the world is to invent, invent, invent."
If anyone needed proof that sex is something girls do rather than have done to them, it's this.
It's fitting, but frustrating, that the annual Gramophone Awards were announced quietly in a Hawksmoor church in North London.
She's been compared to Edith Piaf, and her fan base includes Brian Eno and Nick Cave. The New Statesman talks politics, music and feminism with Anna Calvi.
In which the fun is sucked out of music.