sat 10/10/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: John Newman – Revolve

Barney Harsent

Coming in to this, the second album from big-voiced, baby-faced David Gahan lookalike John Newman, I was keen to see how he’d progressed. After the occasionally satisfying blend of old soul and new production on Tribute, would Revolve allow him to evolve and perhaps hone his sound further?Not really, is the answer. His voice is great – let’s get that out of the way from the off. No complaints there, the voice can stay. However, having pulled in Greg Kurstin to work on his follow-up, the result...

CD: Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile de Dakar - Fatteliku

Mark Kidel

Athens, 1987: Youssou N'Dour opens for Peter Gabriel on a world tour. It's a wonder – and to his credit – that the British rock star should dare follow such a powerful performance. Few bands at the time could produce such a seductively joyful sound.Dakar's super-talent hadn't yet succombed to the lure of international audiences. Although he'd begun to move away from the explosive party music of the lengthy grand bals with which he would entertain Senegalese audiences for three to four hours, he...

DVD: Sparrows Can’t Sing

Kieron Tyler

Sparrows Can’t Sing can be seen in many ways. The film, completed in 1962 and released to British cinemas in March 1963, features an extraordinary...

DVD: London Road

Jasper Rees

It’s a long old haul from the MGM musical to London Road. Alecky Blythe’s hugely original account of the murder in 2006 of five sex workers in...

CD: Caravan Palace - <I°_°I>

Matthew Wright

For a band that makes such a vivid and irresistibly danceable sound, Caravan Palace’s ascent – ten years and three albums now – has been a...

CD: Mouse On The Keys - The Flowers of Romance

Joe Muggs

Japanese jazz-fusion to blow the cobwebs away

CD: John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

Barney Harsent

The troubled troubadour returns with a superb album that dances through desperation

CD: Hurts - Surrender

Thomas H Green

Stadium synth bombast that has to be heard to be believed

DVD: Danny Collins

Adam Sweeting

Pacino triumphs, despite questionable attempts to channel Neil Diamond

CD: Tom Jones - Long Lost Suitcase

Matthew Wright

Diverse and supposedly autobiographical songs end up sounding too similar

CD: W.A.S.P. - Golgotha

Russ Coffey

He used to 'torture' maidens on stage, but what is Blackie Lawless up to now?

DVD: Hard to Be a God

Graham Fuller

The late Soviet and Russian master Alexei German finds diamonds in the muck

CD: Dungen - Allas Sak

Kieron Tyler

A new beginning and declaration of rights from Sweden’s sonic voyagers

Reissue CDs Weekly: Bert Jansch

Kieron Tyler

Albums two, three and four reveal different facets of the fast-moving Scots guitar whizz

CD: Squeeze - Cradle to the Grave

Jasper Rees

Wise old south London rockers wander fruitfully down memory lane

CD: Yppah - Tiny Pause

Thomas H Green

An entirely winning collection of studio-built instrumentals from the US west coast

DVD: Dragon's Return

Tom Birchenough

Immaculate restoration of 1967 Slovak film, complete with remarkable score

CD: Don Henley – Cass County

Adam Sweeting

Veteran Eagle rediscovers the power of country music

CD: Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Guy Oddy

World-weary singer ramps up the sophistication and channels Blue Velvet’s Dorothy Vallens

DVD: L'Eclisse

Mark Kidel

Antonioni's 1962 classic of alienation loses none of its power

CD: New Order – Music Complete

Adam Sweeting

Manc legends find a new lease of life

Reissue CDs Weekly: Faces

Kieron Tyler

Archive discoveries and best-ever sound, but shame about the packaging

CD: Peaches - Rub

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Electroclash shock-rock pioneer returns, brings friends (with laser-shooting buttplugs)

CD: Sexwitch - Sexwitch

Joe Muggs

Ritualistic weirdness, retro-psychedelia, and a rebirth for Natasha Khan

DVD: CitizenFour

Tom Birchenough

The revelations and personality of Edward Snowden in Laura Poitras's studied documentary

CD: Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap

Thomas H Green

Hip hop's biggest new star covers the same old lame ground

CD: Disclosure - Caracal

Thomas H Green

House music's sibling success story heads for the middle ground

DVD: The Tribe

Kieron Tyler

Home viewing reveals a dance-like quality to Miroslav Slaboshpitskiy’s strange Ukrainian film

CD: King Midas Sound & Fennesz - Edition 1

Guy Oddy

Kevin Martin’s collective serve up some fine ambient soundscapes and mellow dub


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