wed 01/10/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: Goltzius and the Pelican Company

Tom Birchenough

In his director’s interview for Goltzius and the Pelican Company Peter Greenaway describes the public profiles that his films have achieved over the years, dividing them into an effective A and B list. He counts his 1982 The Draughtsman's Contract as his most approachable work, while acknowledging that its follow-up A Zed & Two Noughts was greeted by a really savage critical and popular reaction (though the director himself thinks it’s his best film).With Goltzius Greenaway is back on form...

CD: Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Matthew Wright

Thom Yorke’s second solo LP arrived unexpectedly this week via BitTorrent as a paid-for fileshare, a medium Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich hope to promote to empower artists to sell direct, without the need for a corporate hosting system. In a striking dissonance of form and content, the upbeat, seize-your-destiny message of the BitTorrent medium has conveyed to us a set of tracks that, never less than intriguing, are nearly all on the downbeat mood spectrum, from pensive to virtually...

CD: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Russ Coffey

Over the years Weezer’s greatest skill has surely been to stimulate the inner schoolboy in us. Who, for instance, could deny hits like “Beverley...

CD special: Prince - Art Official Age / Prince...

Joe Muggs

The last thing I remember of my 40th birthday party this year is propping up a bar with a few similarly middle-aged men, discussing whether Kate Bush...

CD: Alt-J - This Is All Yours

Matthew Wright

Art-student rock sounds like a terribly dated concept, but listening to This Is All Yours for the first time, it suddenly feels very relevant. This...

CD: The Vaselines - V For Vaselines

Guy Oddy

C86 veterans hit the accelerator and turn up the volume

CD: Inspiral Carpets - Inspiral Carpets

Thomas H Green

Nineties Mancunian mainstays' first album in 20 years contains nuggets of gold

DVD: A Jester's Tale

Tom Birchenough

Czech director Karel Zeman reaches English-speaking world with captivating feature-animation mix

CD: U2 - Songs of Innocence

Adam Sweeting

How the Dublin quartet went from garage band to Apple's corporate partner

CD: Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

Mark Kidel

As he nears 80, Leonard Cohen continues to shine, miraculously

CD: Aphex Twin - Syro

Thomas H Green

yvyll333'n'quakkers, as Aphex might have it - a fine and enjoyably squelchy return, in other words

DVD: Only Lovers Left Alive

Karen Krizanovich

A love story, cool vampire tale and wry comedy in one

DVD: Otway the Movie – Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure

Kieron Tyler

Fans-only tribute to a tenacious musical eccentric

CD: Goat – Commune

Guy Oddy

Swedish psychedelicists move the hips and spin the mind

DVD: The Two Faces of January

Karen Krizanovich

A superb, elegant thriller that's excellent on the small screen

CD: The Juan MacLean – In a Dream

Kieron Tyler

Intermittent thrills on third album from LCD Soundsystem-related electro-dance outfit

CD: Counting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland

Katherine McLaughlin

Rich and nourishing seventh album from American alt rockers

CD: Barbra Streisand - Partners

Thomas H Green

La Streisand takes bloodless music to new heights

DVD: A Thousand Times Good Night

Tom Birchenough

Juliette Binoche oustanding as a war photographer divided between home and away

CD: Vessel - Punish, Honey

Joe Muggs

Bristol techno producer turns in a gothic-folk-industrial nightmare

CD: Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Balcony

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A short, sweet debut from oddly-named Welsh four-piece

CD: Tricky - Adrian Thaws

Mark Kidel

Dark sounds from Bristol maverick keep hitting the spot

CD: Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

Guy Oddy

Pop-folk debut from Australian singer-songwriter

CD: Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Sad songs and rockers as alt.country's poster boy returns

CD: Robert Plant - lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar

Joe Muggs

"Percy" is in mystical form, but can he do it with dignity?

Sgt. Bilko - The Phil Silvers Show: The Complete Collection

Nick Hasted

Every minute of the ageless sitcom king

CD: Karen O - Crush Songs

Katherine McLaughlin

Karen O displays an undeniably raw show of emotion on her debut solo album

DVD: Blue Ruin

Karen Krizanovich

An award-winning American indy that genuinely thrills

CD: Partisans - Swamp

Matthew Wright

Veteran fusioneers blend their sounds with a delicacy that's more celestial than swampy

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