mon 20/11/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Dark They Were And Golden Eyed - Design Your Dreams

Joe Muggs

At three decades deep in the creative industries, it's fair to say Trevor Jackson is a renaissance man.

CD: Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black

Liz Thomson

The queen of R&B is no stranger to struggle – the Staples Singers, led by Pops, played a key role in the 1960s civil rights movement, emerging from the gospel circuit as so many great black singers did. Mavis’ first paid gig was with her family in in 1948.

CD: Paloma Faith - The Architect

Thomas H Green

Over the last few months Paloma Faith has been talking up her fourth album, The Architect. There were self-perpetuated rumours of her rockin’ out,...

DVD: Dispossession - The Great Social Housing...

Thomas H Green

In the week that the police announced the final Grenfell Tower fire death toll, this is a timely release. Paul Sng’s 82-minute documentary, narrated...

CD: Morrissey - Low in High School

Barney Harsent

Morrissey inspires some pretty fierce adulation, but there surely can’t be a fan on the planet who loves Morrissey quite as much as Morrissey does....

CD: Evanescence - Synthesis

Thomas H Green

Heinous orchestral M.O.R. goth-pop bombast

Blu-ray: The Incredible Shrinking Man

Graham Rickson

Surreal sci-fi: Jack Arnold’s 1957 B-movie takes its diminishing subject a long way

CD: Nadah El Shazly - Ahwar

Guy Oddy

A beautiful debut that’s straight out of Cairo

CD: Matt Berry - Night Terrors

Joe Muggs

Booming comic actor in seductively subtle form on lush psychedelic album

CD: Taylor Swift - Reputation

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Meet the new Taylor, same as the old Taylor

DVD/Blu-ray: Lubitsch in Berlin

Graham Fuller

Six gems from the wily young master’s silent period

CD: The Corrs - Jupiter Calling

Liz Thomson

Twenty years on and the Irish family band still cut it

CD: Golden Teacher - No Luscious Life

Thomas H Green

Glaswegian electronic cosmonauts drop a mini-album that presses all the right buttons

DVD: The Ornithologist

Tom Birchenough

A Portugese semi-precious stone: beautiful, baffling and, finally, beautifully bonkers

CD: Angel Olsen - Phases

Javi Fedrick

Singer-songwriter at her most open in this career-spanning retrospective

CD: Oli Rockberger - Sovereign

Peter Quinn

Beautifully crafted explorations of love, desire and loss from the returning Londoner

CD: Sam Smith - The Thrill of It All

Joe Muggs

Un-thrilling stuff from the MOR soul sensation - sometimes thrillingly so

DVD/Blu-ray: Miracle Mile - cult apocalyptic romance

Saskia Baron

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with spandex

CD: The Burning Hell - Revival Beach

Kieron Tyler

The erudite Canadians tackle the impending apocalypse

CD: TootArd - Laisser Passer

Thomas H Green

Golan Heights blues-funkers bring a hefty Arabic-flavoured jam

DVD/Blu-ray: The Wages of Fear

Graham Rickson

Arguably the greatest action film ever. Watch from behind the sofa...

CD: Mélanie De Biasio - Lillies

Thomas H Green

While never moping, the European singer's latest is lathered in downtempo temperament

CD: Squeeze – The Knowledge

Barney Harsent

The South London storytellers find the world on their doorstep

CD: Goldie Lookin' Chain - Fear of a Welsh Planet

Russ Coffey

Can the rappers from Newport still make us laugh?

DVD/Blu-ray: Frantz Fanon - Black Face White Mask

Mark Kidel

Classic and form-busting essay on racism and revolution

CD: Siinai - Sykli

Kieron Tyler

Mesmerising meditation on the cyclic from intense Finnish four-piece

CD: Baxter Dury - Prince of Tears

Javi Fedrick

Idiosyncratic songwriter's debut for Heavenly Records has a moody potency

DVD/Blu-ray review: Land of Mine

Saskia Baron

Extraordinarily tense ensemble drama about bomb disposal in the aftermath of World War II

CD: Courtney Pine - Black Notes from the Deep

Guy Oddy

30 years solo and Courtney Pine is still British Jazzman Number One

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