sun 18/03/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Bon Voyage Organization - Jungle? Quelle Jungle?

Kieron Tyler

Although its opening minute suggests one of Can’s Ethnological Forgery Series tracks, Jungle? Quelle Jungle? quickly sets its stall with gentle whacka-whacka guitar, a Cerrone-type or South African-styled female chorale, fusion-jazz woodwind, shimmering electric piano, Latin percussion, squelchy bass and a touch of Space’s space disco. There is a lot going on.Essentially, the album – its title a reference to Supertramp’s Crisis What Crisis – marries yacht rock and the smooth, Côte d'Azur side...

CD: Don McLean - Botanical Gardens

Liz Thomson

Oh dear. After a bumpy couple of years which included an all-too-public arrest for domestic violence assault to which he pled guilty, Don McLean is releasing his first new studio album in eight years. Metaphorically (and sometimes literally) it hits a lot of bum notes and often tips over into self-parody.

Blu-ray: Henri-Georges Clouzot - Le Corbeau, Quai...

Mark Kidel

Henri-Georges Clouzot is one of the giants of French cinema history, such a versatile master of entertainment that his qualities as an auteur and art...

CD: Alexandra Burke - The Truth Is

Katie Colombus

Full disclosure: I have never quite gotten over Alexandra Burke's rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. I'm not sure I ever will.And now I'm...

CD: Kim Wilde - Here Come the Aliens

Thomas H Green

It’s difficult to dislike Kim Wilde, whatever you think of her music. Even more so after her pissed Christmas sing-along on a tube train a few years...

DVD/Blu-ray: Shiraz

Tom Birchenough

Glorious Indian silent film restored, with sublime sitar score from Anoushka Shankar

CD: The Gloaming - Live at The NHC

Tim Cumming

Masters of musical mesmerism hit their peak

CD: in analysis - mothers

Russ Coffey

An album of real-life stories celebrates Mother's Day

CD: Seun Kuti - Black Times

Howard Male

The song remains the same because the problems haven’t gone away...

CD: Erasure - World Beyond

Joe Muggs

The perennial pop duo's latest album re-arranged for chamber ensemble

DVD: Jupiter's Moons

Tom Birchenough

Hungarian sci-fi, philosophical medley proves a rough, rewarding ride

CD: Ministry - AmeriKKKant

Guy Oddy

Al Jourgensen’s anti-love letter to Donald J Trump

CD: Myles Kennedy - Year of the Tiger

Russ Coffey

The rocker from Spokane pens a good old-fashioned concept album

CD: Tracey Thorn - Record

Thomas H Green

Thorn's pin-sharp lyrics enrich nine songs of vibrant electronic pop

CD: David Byrne - American Utopia

Howard Male

Byrne’s first solo album in 14 years is a muscular and quirky return to form

DVD: Boy

David Kettle

Taika Waititi's second feature, a big-hearted coming-of-age comedy

CD: Gwenno - Le Kov

Barney Harsent

An assured and impressive album that celebrates difference within a common landscape

CD: The Breeders - All Nerve

Joe Muggs

Kim and Kelly Deal - plus reconciled bandmates - prove gloriously unaffected by time

Blu-ray: Orchestra Rehearsal

Graham Rickson

Bum notes: the final Fellini-Rota collaboration hasn't aged well

CD: Stephen Stills and Judy Collins - Everybody Knows

Liz Thomson

Stephen ♥ Judy = great music

CD: Niklas Paschburg - Oceanic

Joe Muggs

Peaceful neo-classical won't scare the horses, but who wants scared horses?

CD: Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind

Liz Thomson

No rust, but plenty of diamonds

DVD/Blu-ray: The Party

Owen Richards

Sally Potter’s deliciously dark comedy provides an hour of brilliance in 70 minutes

CD: Moby - Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt

Thomas H Green

US electronic music perennial makes the end times sound musically luscious

DVD: Beach Rats

Tom Birchenough

Limbo over an uneasy Brooklyn summer, from an American indie director to watch

CD: Femi Kuti - One People One World

Guy Oddy

Afrobeat royalty makes a compelling case for world peace and unity

CD: Snowpoet - Thought You Knew

Peter Quinn

The London group's restrained melodicism packs an intense depth of feeling

CD: Jonny Nash and Lindsay Todd - Fauna Mapping

Barney Harsent

A stunning aural portrait of Bali's natural landscape

CD: Fever Ray - Plunge

Thomas H Green

Swedish maverick returns after nearly a decade away with avant-electro-pop paean to sexual freedom


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