sat 26/07/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Neon Jungle - Welcome to the Jungle

Thomas H Green

Neon Jungle are a manufactured band consisting of four visually striking young women aged between 17 and 21. They have supported Jessie J in concert and, according to their press release were "were handpicked by iconic lingerie brand Victoria's Secret to perform at their legendary fashion show in New York". We can, then, discount the likelihood of them sounding musically ground breaking or even intriguing and, instead, start from a baseline judgement level that’s the musical equivalent...

DVD: Independencia

Graham Fuller

Raya Martin's Independencia (2009) begins during the brutal Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, the prelude to four decades of US occupation. When distant gunfire interrupts a joyful Filipino national holiday, a tough middle-aged woman (Tetchie Agbayani) and her grown-up son (Sid Lucero) flee to the rainforest and set up home in a cabin abandoned by Spanish colonists. 

They adapt well, breeding chickens and living off the land, though the mother is perturbed when the son finds and tends a...

CD: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic...

Guy Oddy

Tom Petty is one of rock’s best-selling artists of all time. However, with the exception of a couple of minor hits, his West Coast Bruce Springsteen...

CD: Black Top - # One

Peter Quinn

Initiated in the latter part of 2011 by Jazz Warrior and multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist/sound sculptor Pat Thomas, I saw the shape-...

DVD: Too Late Blues

Kieron Tyler

Too Late Blues has many individual aspects which, on their own, would make it notable. Released in 1961, it was John Cassavetes’ second film as a...

CD: Fink - Hard Believer

Matthew Wright

Fink's latest is a mixed bag of the inspired and aerated

CD: Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics

Tim Cumming

Thompson goes solo for a deft career retrospective

CD: King Creosote - From Scotland with Love

Russ Coffey

More top-drawer nostalgia from the prolific Scotsman

DVD: Harold and Maude

Kieron Tyler

Early Seventies black comedy which demonstrates love recognises no boundaries

CD: Jungle - Jungle

Thomas H Green

Rising London electronic duo don't quite match their hype

CD: La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

Joe Muggs

Elly Jackson has matured musically in her absence: but is that for the best?

DVD: Miss Violence

Katie Colombus

This disturbing depiction of patriarchal domination is difficult to watch

CD: Preservation Hall Jazz Band - That's It!

Matthew Wright

Vivid and wide-ranging tribute to New Orleans musical traditions

Reissue CDs Weekly: Lewis

Kieron Tyler

A ground-breaking lost classic resurfaces

CD: Emma Tricca – Relic

Kieron Tyler

An album that aches with a spiritual yearning by this singular artist

DVD: Under the Skin

Jasper Rees

Scarlett Johansson kills Glaswegian males

CD: Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls

Russ Coffey

Are the veteran Brum-rockers ripe for re-appraisal?

CD: Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Guy Oddy

British institution and one-time indie icon returns to form

CD: Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Promising debut from Glasgow duo packed with sugar and venom

CD: Anushka - Broken Circuit

Joe Muggs

Can the new wave of dance music support a real songwriting partnership?

DVD: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Kieron Tyler

A game of two halves in Wes Anderson’s hotel-set fantasia

CD: Sia Tolno - African Woman

Peter Culshaw

Africa's big soul voice turns back the clock and reworks Afro-beat

Reissue CDs Weekly: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Kieron Tyler

Warts-and-all document of the fantastic four’s mammoth stadium tour of 1974

CD: Jon Allen - Deep River

Russ Coffey

An accomplished piece from the hard-working journeyman

DVD: Metro-Land

Nick Hasted

Betjeman takes the train into England's suburban oddness

CD: Pulcinella - Bestiole

Matthew Wright

Toulouse-based band conjures winsomely quirky palette of sounds

CD: Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

Joe Muggs

The trip-hopper turned hyper-popper boggles with scale

DVD: Boy Meets Girl; Mauvais Sang

Katie Colombus

These two beguiling French tragedies hold a timeless beauty

CD: Old 97's - Most Messed Up

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Boredom and excess as Texan alt-country rockers celebrate 20 years together

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