mon 22/12/2014

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Album of the Year: Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Lisa-Marie Ferla

There are, probably, two things standing in the way of Against Me! topping as many best-of lists as they deserve to this year: firstly, the January release date, which tends to lead to many fine records being abandoned for the newest and shiniest; and secondly, the tortuous route it found to release at all. Label issues, intra-band politics and the small matter of the additional attention paid to the band's songwriter and frontwoman Laura Jane Grace's first album since coming out as transgender...

Album of the Year: Jason Moran - All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller

Peter Quinn

Pianist Jason Moran's Grammy-nominated tribute to the legendary pianist, singer and composer, Fats Waller, effortlessly captures the joyousness and melodic beauty of the Harlem stride master's music. Joining Moran is vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello, and from the über-slow jam of “Ain't Nobody's Business” to the utterly seductive grooves of “The Joint Is Jumpin” and “Honeysuckle Rose”, the kind of galvanic presence that she brings to the project takes the material to entirely new...

DVD: The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Tom Birchenough

There’s a wonderful drollery to Guillaume Nicloux’s wry and eccentric comedy The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (L‘Enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq...

Album of the Year: Jack White – Lazaretto

Adam Sweeting

Jack White (the former John Anthony Gillis) was born in Detroit and now lives in Nashville, a geographical progression you can hear in his music. He...

Album of the Year: Swans – To Be Kind

Guy Oddy

We have been told for years by the media, the record industry and “taste-makers” everywhere that popular music is resolutely a young person’s game....

CD: Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

Thomas H Green

Album number three from hip hop's controversial pop empress

DVD: Hockney

Fisun Güner

An affectionate but not entirely satisfactory portrait of the artist

Album of the Year: D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah

Joe Muggs

The album of the year was released TODAY? Better believe it...

Album of the Year: Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Thomas H Green

Amongst a plethora of whip-smart releases Nick Mulvey's debut wins out

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Czars

Kieron Tyler

John Grant’s past catches up with him

CD: Nils Landgren – Christmas With My Friends IV

Matthew Wright

An open Swedish mind and well-tuned ear creates a Christmas soundtrack of sumptuous eclecticism

DVD: The Adventures of Antoine Doinel - Five Films by François Truffaut

Kieron Tyler

“The 400 Blows’” anti-hero Antoine Doinel lacks charm in the long run

CD: The Albion Christmas Band - One for the Road

Thomas H Green

Jolly festive folk concert from Fairport Convention's annually recurring spin-off

CD: Earth, Wind & Fire - Holiday

Barney Harsent

What does Christmas with the funk legends sound like? Any other day…

DVD: Hercules

Thomas H Green

Frothy popcorn revision of the Hercules legend, lacking in fizz

CD: Bastille – VS (Other People's Heartache pt. III)

Matthew Wright

Synth-rockers' concept mixtape offers more heartburn than heartache

CD: Lucas Santtana - Sobre Noites e Dias

Mark Kidel

Boundary-breaking Brazilian artist with a thoroughly contemporary twist

Reissue CDs Weekly: 2014 Revisited

Kieron Tyler

Essential Christmas gifts and the best of the year

CD: Etienne de Crecy - Super Discount 3

Caspar Gomez

Parisian dance music don returns with his groundbreaking brand

DVD: The Possibilities are Endless

Kieron Tyler

Arty and emotive chronicle of musician Edwyn Collins’ recovery after a massive stroke

CD: The Melvins - Hold It In

Guy Oddy

Proto-grungers welcome Butthole Surfers on board for a psychedelic rock-out

CD: Craig Bratley - Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

Barney Harsent

Can the producer's vaulting ambition match the bar of expectation for his debut album?

DVD: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Nick Hasted

Andy Serkis excels in reboot's superbly realised, conceptually thin sequel

CD: McBusted - McBusted

Joe Muggs

Watch what happens when two pop-punk boybands collapse into one

CD: Dale Cooper Quartet & the Dictaphones + (((witxes))) – Split

Kieron Tyler

Gallic improv merchants get heavy with each other’s compositions

Reissue CDs Weekly: Native North America

Kieron Tyler

Thrilling collection reveals how America’s aboriginal peoples took popular music on

CD: AC/DC – Rock or Bust

Adam Sweeting

Ancient Australian combo defy the odds and turn it up to 11

CD: Trish Clowes – Pocket Compass

Matthew Wright

Clowes' third album condenses and refines her exquisite control of instrumental colour

DVD: Diary of a Lost Girl

David Nice

Louise Brooks lights up Pabst's melodrama of a young girl's road to ruin and redemption

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