thu 18/01/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Tune-Yards - I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

Howard Male

Growing up with the music of David Bowie is probably not the best grounding for being a music critic because it raises expectations unreasonably high for every other adventurous musician one happens upon. When I first heard Merrill Garbus’s (aka the main creative force behind Tune-Yards) intense bordering on hysterical music eight or so years ago, I actually had to get up from my desk and pace the room.

CD: First Aid Kit - Ruins

Katie Colombus

With the tragic passing of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, I've been thinking a lot about the importance of the soundtrack to youth. I spent days wailing along to "Ode to My Family", raging out to "Zombie" or bouncing around the local indie disco with friends to "Linger". They are moments that now seem frozen in that time, that were reflected in the quirks, uniqueness, newness and message of the Cranberries' sound.

DVD/Blu-ray: Hounds of Love

Owen Richards

Hounds of Love is the latest in a long line of small-budget Australian horrors “based on true events” – it must be something about the heat. However...

CD: Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons - The Age...

Thomas H Green

Many hard rock aficionados say that Motörhead’s greatest work was all with the “classic” line-up of Lemmy, drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor and...

CD: The Limiñanas - Shadow People

Guy Oddy

The Limiñanas are considered something of a musical jewel across the Channel but, like many fine mainland European bands before them, have been...

DVD/Blu-ray: The Cat o' Nine Tails/Phenomena

Nick Hasted

Horror maestro Dario Argento on the way up, and down

CD: La Féline - Triomphe

Kieron Tyler

A too-methodical approach weakens the impact of classy French pop album

CD: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures

Barney Harsent

A solid return with one or two surprises

DVD/Blu-ray: Alice in the Cities

Tom Birchenough

The film in which WIm Wenders found his filmmaking style

DVD/Blu-ray: Detroit

Nick Hasted

Kathryn Bigelow's remembrance of riot and racism keeps a claustrophobic grip

CD: Xylouris White - Mother

Joe Muggs

The simple magic of two maestros interlocking their styles continues to intensify

CD: The Go! Team - Semicircle

Javi Fedrick

A triumphant fifth album from Brighton mavericks

CD: Corrosion of Conformity - No Cross No Crown

Thomas H Green

Southern US heavy rockers come back with all cylinders firing

CD: Mari Kalkun - Ilmamõtsan

Kieron Tyler

Exquisite third album from the Estonian folk-based singer-songwriter

Albums of the Year 2017: Cécile McLorin Salvant - Dreams and Daggers

Peter Quinn

Brilliant 2CD set lifts the lid on the US vocalist's fertile imagination

CD: Radar Men from the Moon - Subversive III: De Spelende Mens

Guy Oddy

Dutch art punks drop the guitars for an electronica-powered dystopian adventure

Albums of the Year 2017: Jin Cromanyon - 逆襲のスポンジ

Barney Harsent

In a strong year, a newcomer punched well above his weight

Albums of the Year 2017: Robert Plant - Carry Fire

Adam Sweeting

Percy Plant continues to plough his own fantastical furrow

Albums of the Year 2017: Daymé Arocena - Cubafonia

Matthew Wright

Sumptuous survey of Cuban song wears its learning lightly

Albums of the Year 2017: Ryuichi Sakamoto - async

Joe Muggs

40+ years into his career, Sakamoto is as in love with sound as he's ever been

Albums of the Year 2017: Jim Jones & the Righteous Mind - Super Natural

Guy Oddy

Explosive rock’n’roll from Jones and his new combo tops the musical year

Albums of the Year 2017: Offa Rex - Queen of Hearts

Tim Cumming

Offa Rex: jewel in the crown of the year's folk releases

Blu-ray: Melville - The Essential Collection

Mark Kidel

Jean-Pierre Melville, French master of the 'policier', and more

Albums of the Year 2017: Yusuf/Cat Stevens - The Laughing Apple

Russ Coffey

The spiritual songsmith rode back on the Peace Train

Albums of the Year 2017: Bob Dylan - Trouble No More

Mark Kidel

A year of passion defined in many different ways

Blu-ray: The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

Thomas H Green

The film that defined pop festivals evermore

DVD/Blu-ray: Pulp

Nick Hasted

A year after 'Get Carter', Mikes Hodges and Caine reunite in an absolute one-off

Albums of the Year 2017: Susanne Sundfør - Music For People in Trouble

Kieron Tyler

Norwegian chart-topper attains her apotheosis

Blu-ray: Carrie

Owen Richards

De Palma’s classic horror still shines strongly, despite mediocre re-release

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