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New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: The Two Faces of January

Karen Krizanovich

Hugely underrated, The Two Faces of January packs more filmmaking power than, at least, its poster would ever suggest. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, which puts it streets ahead of most films, Two Faces... has a superb ensemble cast: Viggo Mortensen is the alluring Chester MacFarland, travelling with his equally alluring wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) and their accidental tour guide, the charming Greek-American Rydal Keener (Oscar Isaac). Set in 1962, the couple are sightseeing and become...

CD: The Juan MacLean – In a Dream

Kieron Tyler

John MacLean has been recording as The Juan MacClean for just over a decade on former LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy’s label DFA Records. Previously, Murphy was involved in MacLean’s old band Six Finger Satellite. In a Dream makes the link even more explicit as Nancy Whang, singer in the now-defunct LCD Soundsystem and before that an intermittent collaborator, has now joined MacLean full time.But In a Dream, The Juan MacLean’s third album, is not LCD Soundsystem part two. It maintains...

CD: Counting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland

Katherine McLaughlin

Kicking off with an epic eight-and-a-half-minute-long tribute to New Jersey’s Palisades amusement Park and a lament to forgotten friendships, the...

CD: Barbra Streisand - Partners

Thomas H Green

When a person approaches a Barbra Streisand album, they would be a fool to go in carrying the same expectations as with, say, the forthcoming...

DVD: A Thousand Times Good Night

Tom Birchenough

There’s war in the world outside and much conflict at home in Norwegian director Eric Poppe’s A Thousand Times Good Night. The film is centred in...

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

CD: The Pierces - Creation

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Fifth album finds Alabama sisters getting metaphysical

DVD: When I Saw You

Katie Colombus

This heartfelt Palestinian drama is a poetic look at one kid’s journey of displacement

CD: Dr John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Guy Oddy

New Orleans’ titan sits on his laurels in the company of Louis Armstrong

CD: Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl

Thomas H Green

Electronic duo take us on a spaced out - but dynamic - analogue adventure

DVD: Frau im Mond

Graham Rickson

Fritz Lang's lunar epic shines in a gleaming new print

CD: Andy Milne & Dapp Theory - Forward In All Directions

Matthew Wright

Engrossingly multi-faceted experimental pieces reveal an unexpected degree of lyrical charm

Reissue CDs Weekly: Popcorn Girls

Kieron Tyler

Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley opens a window on Belgium’s open-minded dance scene

CD: J Mascis - Tied to a Star

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Dinosaur Jr. man gets introspective on solo outing

CD: Basement Jaxx - Junto

Katherine McLaughlin

EDM maestros make a welcome but underwhelming return with their latest album

DVD: Cycling with Moliere

Tom Birchenough

High theatricality and countyside capers in winning French comedy treat

CD: Roni Size - Take Kontrol

Thomas H Green

Drum & bass don returns with an album whose quality improves as it progresses

CD: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Guy Oddy

Muscular blues-rock debut from Brighton duo

DVD: We Are the Best!

David Nice

Love, life and the last days of punk embraced by three winning girls in 1980s Sweden

Reissue CDs Weekly: Wire

Kieron Tyler

A still-challenging artefact from art-punk provocateurs

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