sun 01/05/2016

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

Lisa-Marie Ferla

I find myself incredibly conflicted by a musician like Gregory Porter. Is my lack of response to his effortlessly soulful voice (the “liquid spirit”, perhaps, of the 2013 Grammy-award winning album of the same name) a symptom of some sort of emotional lack, or a product of the music itself being, objectively, pretty dull? Crossover appeal thanks to last year’s hit collaboration with UK dance duo Disclosure means cross-genre review assignments, so forgive me if I’ve simply missed the point - but...

CD: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Katie Colombus

When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Well, Beyoncé took the fruits of her musical labour, those of the black women before her and those hanging between her husband's thighs, to create something pretty sharp. This is a new sound, a new music movement, a new way of hearing her music.Her sixth studio album is way more than just that. It is accompanied by a film, a "visual album" that premiered on HBO and is streamed on Jay-Z's subscription-based music service Tidal,...

DVD: Tootsie

Saskia Baron

It’s fascinating to revisit Tootsie, some 30 years after its original success – in 1982 it was the biggest comedy hit of all time (though it was...

CD: Ry X - Dawn

Thomas H Green

Ry “X” Cuming is an Australian singer with an unpleasing Hoxtonite beard. And he certainly gets about. He first came to prominence when he hooked up...

CD: Brian Eno - The Ship

Mark Kidel

Brian Eno has consistently explored the frontiers of music, bravely charting new territories of sound in a way that’s never left his audience behind...

DVD: Pink String and Sealing Wax

Kieron Tyler

Sub-texts galore in grade-A Ealing melodrama

CD: Wire - Nocturnal Koreans

Thomas H Green

Fifteenth album from respected post-punk perennials

CD: RM Hubbert - Telling the Trees

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Award-winning Scottish artist forges new creative partnerships

CD: Travis - Everything At Once

Katie Colombus

Cheerful rock pop with a smooth, summery vibe

DVD: Only Angels Have Wings

Saskia Baron

Death-defying aerial stunts with a twist of Hawksian romance

CD: Dälek - Asphalt For Eden

Guy Oddy

Thrills aplenty from the reformed US experimental hip hoppers

CD: Melt Yourself Down - Last Evenings on Earth

Kieron Tyler

Chants and cross pollination from the exotic interface of jazz and post punk

DVD: Mysterious Object at Noon

Tom Birchenough

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's narratively beguiling debut

CD: Phronesis - Parallax

Peter Quinn

Warm-hearted lyricism and propulsive rhythms from the Scandinavian/British trio

CD: Damir Imamović's Sevdah Takht - Dvojka

Mark Kidel

Bosnian melancholy reaches deep into the soul

CD: Miracle Legion - Portrait of a Damaged Family

Barney Harsent

The reformed US rock band finds rich form with 'lost' album

DVD: Beat Girl, Expresso Bongo

Kieron Tyler

Unruly teens, pop music, Soho and titillation in a pair of British exploitation classics

CD: Cate Le Bon - Crab Day

Kieron Tyler

An art-rock winner from the now California-based Welsh maverick

CD: Hayes Carll - Lovers and Leavers

Thomas H Green

Texan master of acoustic dolour strikes occasional gold

DVD: Doomwatch Series 1-3, The Remaining Episodes

Adam Sweeting

Seven-disc collection of the prophetic Seventies sci-fi show

CD: Joachim Kühn - Beauty & Truth

Tim Cumming

The Doors meet contemporary European jazz

DVD: Sunset Song

Graham Fuller

The harsh times of a land-loving Scottish farmer's daughter in the 1910s

CD: PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Uncomfortable listening on Mercury Prize-winner's return

CD: Hawkwind - The Machine Stops

Russ Coffey

Enduring space rockers with a good old-fashioned concept album

CD: Rodion – Generator

Barney Harsent

An intoxicating blend of dancefloor grooves and infectious musicality from the Italian producer

CD: The Dandy Warhols - Distortland

Guy Oddy

Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s mob return with the goods

DVD: Culloden / The War Game

Graham Fuller

Peter Watkins' searing anti-war docudramas take no prisoners

CD: The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come to Expect

Guy Oddy

After eight years, album number two from the indie pop supergroup

CD: M83 - Junk

Joe Muggs

From underground to sophistopop: the French band's evolution continues

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