sat 23/09/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: The Killers - Wonderful, Wonderful

Russ Coffey

The last song on The Killers' new record is called "Have All the Songs Been Written?". The words refer to Brandon Flowers' writers' block during the album's recording. Apparently, he tried everything to get out of the slump, including asking Bono for advice. The U2 singer had no answers but their meeting started a process that gradually led to Flowers realising what he really needed to do: to write about his own life.This self-reflective approach has resulted in a record which starts...

DVD/Blu-ray: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Saskia Baron

Oh dear. I thought that this was going to be one of those exciting fantasy films that livened up TV on weekend afternoons in my childhood, and that there would be kitschy special effects and ludicrous dialogue. But no, it's not 20,00 Leagues under the Sea, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad or even Dr Doolittle.

CD: The Horrors - V

Javi Fedrick

The Horrors have always had a penchant for churning out pop-tinged gems, and on V, with help from Adele/Coldplay/Florence and the Machine producer...

DVD/Blu-ray: The Legend of the Holy Drinker

Tom Birchenough

A decade after his masterpiece, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, won the 1978 Palme d’Or at Cannes, Italian director Ermanno Olmi took Venice’s 1988 Golden...

CD: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian...

Guy Oddy

Luciferian Towers, the third album since Canadian oddballs Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s 2011 reunion, is an instrumental psychedelic masterpiece...

CD: Josh Ritter - Gathering

Liz Thomson

Perfectly paced ninth album demonstrates writer and performer's breadth of talent

CD: Marc Almond - Shadows and Reflections

Kieron Tyler

Thrilling cover versions set from a vocal stylist with consummate taste

CD: Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold

Thomas H Green

US rock giants' ninth is polished and gigantic but follows their usual formula

DVD/Blu-ray: My Life as a Courgette

Graham Rickson

Heartbreaking, funny Swiss stop-motion animation

CD: Jabu - Sleep Heavy

Joe Muggs

Bristol's sad, broken soul keys into a new weird R&B

CD: Prophets Of Rage - Prophets Of Rage

Guy Oddy

Chuck D and his mates kick out the jams

DVD/Blu-ray: The Big Knife

Saskia Baron

Stagey film noir revealing the dark heart of '50s Hollywood wins welcome re-issue

CD: Ringo Starr - Give More Love

Barney Harsent

The former Beatles drummer just about gets by with a lot of help from his friends

CD: Cat Stevens/Yusuf - The Laughing Apple

Russ Coffey

The legendary songwriter gives us the album we've been waiting for

CD: Gary Numan - Savage (Songs From a Broken World)

Thomas H Green

The cult star's most darkly enjoyable and lively output in a while

DVD: Every Picture Tells a Story

Marina Vaizey

The art films of James Scott: a very mixed anthology, dating from 1966 to 1983

CD: Ariel Pink - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

Guy Oddy

First solo album since 2014 for the unhinged LA musical magpie

CD: Nick Mulvey - Wake Up Now

Thomas H Green

Second stunning album from wide-eyed, thoughtful, spiritually-inclined singer-songwriter

Blu-ray: Lord of the Flies

Saskia Baron

Excellent restoration of Peter Brook's classic tale of schoolboys stranded on a desert island

CD: Deerhoof - Mountain Moves

Joe Muggs

Multifaceted art punks get slicker still but continue to sparkle

CD: Tom Russell - Folk Hotel

Liz Thomson

Heading into his eight decade, the veteran US songwriter remains on top of his game

DVD/Blu-ray: The Love of a Woman

Graham Fuller

A revelatory French feminist melodrama about a doctor forced to choose between her man and her vocation

DVD/Blu-ray: My Beautiful Laundrette

Tom Birchenough

Stephen Frears’ unexpected 1985 hit is as fresh and relevant as ever

CD: Kev Minney - Stories of the Sky

Liz Thomson

Music and astronomy combine in an alluring, original sound world

DVD/Blu-ray: Touchez Pas au Grisbi

Nick Hasted

Jean Gabin is majestic in Jacques Becker's French gangster classic

CD: Red Axes - The Beach Goths

Barney Harsent

A masterful sketchpad of songs from the Tel Aviv producers

CD: Hannah Peel - Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia

Kieron Tyler

An electronica-infused trip through outer space on the wings of a brass band

CD: Liars - TFCF

Javi Fedrick

Liars’ new direction revealed in Angus Andrew's wonderfully fragmented solo project

DVD/Blu-ray: J'Accuse

Graham Fuller

Though marred by technical limitations, Abel Gance’s anti-war film was still a titanic achievement

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