thu 25/08/2016

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Warhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into Being

Thomas H Green

One of popular music’s mightiest talents, Leonard Cohen, at the age of 82, has a new album out in the Autumn, the fabulously titled You Want It Darker. If it’s anywhere near as good as his last one, this is great news. Those, however, who can’t wait until its arrival, may wish to check out the debut solo effort from Maarten Devoldere of the Belgian group Balthazar. It also has a great title, lifted directly from the pages of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and it boasts a deliciously Cohen-esque...

CD: Morgan Delt - Phase Zero

Kieron Tyler

In 1966, David Warner assumed the title role in Karel Reisz’s satire Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment. The film’s Morgan Delt was a fantasist with a communist family background married to the posh Leonie, played by Vanessa Redgrave. When she seeks a divorce, he campaigns to win her back but ends up in an asylum where she reveals she is pregnant with his child. As a depiction of class clashes, thwarted aspirations and unmediated behaviour, it was a very Sixties confection.Phase Zero is the...

DVD/Blu-ray: Sid & Nancy

Kieron Tyler

As this year has been designated the 40th anniversary of punk rock hitting the UK, there’s no surprise that Alex Cox’s Sid & Nancy is up for...

CD: De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody

Joe Muggs

De La Soul are the posterboys for creative longevity in hip hop. While some contemporaries have maintained a presence by relying on “heritage” status...

CD: Divine Comedy - Foreverland

Matthew Wright

With ten albums over a quarter-century, Neil Hannon and Divine Comedy don’t have too many surprises left. Most fans will presumably be glad to know...

CD: New Model Army - Winter

Russ Coffey

They once believed in 'getting the bastards'. What do they believe in now?

DVD: The Killing$ of Tony Blair

Nick Hasted

A reputation's tatters are shredded in convincing detail

CD: Bitch 'n' Monk - we are peering over

Matthew Wright

Debut album from vocalist/flautist duo both charms and bewitches

CD: David Brent & Foregone Conclusion - Life on the Road

Barney Harsent

Ricky Gervais takes his comic creation off the road and puts him into the studio

DVD/Blu-ray: A Kind of Loving

Graham Fuller

John Schlesinger's seminal British New Wave drama about a couple forced to marry

CD: Lisa Hannigan - At Swim

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Irish songwriter's third album finds her adrift

CD: Blossoms - Blossoms

Katie Colombus

Mainstream indie-pop that's bound to make waves

CD: Dolly Parton – Pure and Simple

Matthew Wright

In Parton, as in Wilde – rarely pure and never simple

DVD: The Shop on the High Street

Tom Birchenough

Peerless Slovak Holocaust drama brings comedy into tragic context

CD: Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife 2

Joe Muggs

Youthful Mississippi rap duo change their formula not one jot

DVD/Blu-ray: Akenfield

Nick Hasted

Suffolk village life deeply evoked by Ronald Blythe and Peter Hall

CD: Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Kieron Tyler

Notable third album from the Chicago singer-songwriter

CD: Hieroglyphic Being - The Disco's of Imhotep

Thomas H Green

Techno-based American strangeness on Ninja Tune's sub-label

DVD/Blu-ray: Dheepan

Graham Fuller

A Paris banlieu offers no respite for an ex-Tamil Tiger in 2015's Palme d'Or-winner

CD: The Moles - Tonight's Music

Russ Coffey

Richard Davies recaptures some of his old psychedelic magic

CD: Dinosaur Jr - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Barney Harsent

J Mascis and co deliver a fuzzy blast that does everything right… again

CD: Wild Beasts - Boy King

Joe Muggs

Cumbrians continue to rework notions of what a rock band can be

DVD: The Girl King

Kieron Tyler

Mika Kaurismäki’s biopic of the mould-breaking Swedish Queen Christina is an offbeat misfire

CD: The Amazing - Ambulance

Kieron Tyler

Frustrating fourth album from Sweden’s masters of beauty and the vaporous

CD: Marsheaux - Ath.Lon

Thomas H Green

Electro-pop fare to eek out the summer dead zone

DVD: Mapplethorpe - Look at the Pictures

Mark Kidel

Definitive account of America's most controversial photographer

CD: Sonzeira – Tam Tam Tam Reimagined

Matthew Wright

Brilliant re-working of epochal 1950s album

CD: Old Fire - Songs from the Haunted South

Barney Harsent

The Earlies' John Mark Lapham produces a stunning album 10 years in the making

Blu-ray: Absolute Beginners

Kieron Tyler

Julian Temple’s flawed Eighties bomb is finally revealed as film which can’t fail to dazzle

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