wed 04/03/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Jimmy Somerville - Homage

Kieron Tyler

Disco was about the dancefloor: a music that delivered the goods in one-song bursts which made assembled revellers move. The album was not its natural home. Of course, the compilation thrives and albums with side-long tracks hit the right note, but an album entirely dedicated to disco by a single artist would struggle to have the impact of a single, killer cut. Jimmy Somerville’s Homage is, then, a brave release. The album is his tribute to the music he grew up with and which had always been an...

DVD: Spring in a Small Town

Graham Fuller

The release of pent-up desire in a movie drains it of interest. Its withholding keeps the plot boiling, especially if moral considerations come into play. In Fei Mu’s Spring in a Small Town, the passion of former teenage sweethearts Zhou Yuwen (Wei Wei) and Zhang Zhichen (Li Wei), thrown together ten years after they parted, is extra-torturous because Yuwen’s hypochondriacal husband, Dai Liyan (Shi Yu), is Dr Zhang’s close friend and host.Though Liyan is initially unaware of the animal need the...

CD: Emily Saunders - Outsiders Insiders

Matthew Wright

Emily Saunders has crafted a reputation for cool, sophisticated songs blending Brazilian themes and rhythms with a clean, precise, almost...

CD: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds –...

Barney Harsent

The enduring appeal of Noel Gallagher isn't hard to fathom. His music is brimming with resolution and resolve; it does what we expect it to with a...

DVD: Mr Turner

David Nice

Nothing pinpoints the Oscars' absurdity more than the absences of Mike Leigh’s masterpiece as Best Film candidate, of Timothy Spall from the Best...

CD: Katzenjammer – Rockland

Guy Oddy

Barn-dance friendly Scandinavians find their own groove

CD: Tuxedo - Tuxedo

Joe Muggs

Shiny-suited funk from the LA-Seattle supergroup

DVD: The Nightcomers

Kieron Tyler

Marlon Brando bombs in ludicrous Michael Winner-directed prequel to 'The Turn of the Screw'

CD: Altan - The Widening Gyre

Peter Quinn

Traditional Irish music meets Americana with spectacular results

CD: Songhoy Blues - Music in Exile

Mark Kidel

The musical upside of Jihadism in Mali

CD: Scorpions - Return to Forever

Russ Coffey

Have the German rockers finally lost their sting?

DVD: Fury

Adam Sweeting

Gruelling and action-packed story of a tank crew battling across Nazi Germany

CD: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth – Brothers of the Sonic Cloth

Guy Oddy

The triumphant return of original grunger Tad Doyle

CD: Public Service Broadcasting - The Race for Space

Thomas H Green

London duo make a successful bid for the moon

DVD: Wild River

Kieron Tyler

Elia Kazan’s multi-faceted drama still provokes

CD: Charli XCX - Sucker

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Perennial guest star pens some hits of her own

CD: Carter Tutti – Carter Tutti Plays Chris & Cosey

Barney Harsent

Chris & Cosey take it to the stage with souped-up songs that go further than you might expect

DVD: The Babadook

Tim Cumming

The ba-ba-bad side of pop-up books

CD: Six Organs of Admittance: Hexadic

Kieron Tyler

Power, but without the promised shock of the new on Ben Chasny’s latest outing

CD: Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors

Guy Oddy

Las Vegas pop rockers try to be Coldplay

CD: Steve Earle & the Dukes - Terraplane

Thomas H Green

Country rock perennial gives his slant on raw southern blues

DVD: Enemy

Adam Sweeting

Twice the Gyllenhaal in half the time in doppelganger dystopia

CD: The Unthanks - Mount The Air

Russ Coffey

The Geordie gals introduce a new, softer sound

Reissue CDs Weekly: Martin Hannett & Steve Hopkins

Kieron Tyler

Collection revealing the legendary producer’s mainstream aspirations

CD: Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Kieron Tyler

Overegged solo album from former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman

CD: Esmé Patterson - Woman to Woman

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Denver songwriter explores the lives of the under-sung heroines of contemporary pop

DVD: Night Will Fall

Thomas H Green

André Singer's powerful Holocaust documentary arrives on DVD with a wealth of extras

CD: The Subways – The Subways

Guy Oddy

Cracking punk-pop from Welwyn Garden City’s finest

CD: Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night

Mark Kidel

Dylan paints masterpiece with songs that Sinatra made famous


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