wed 25/11/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: Murder in the Cathedral

Tom Birchenough

The real achievement of this remarkable DVD release from the BFI is the fact that it brings the name of George Hoellering back to our attention as a director. His 1951 adaption of TS Eliot’s verse play Murder in the Cathedral has been virtually unavailable for years, and is the centrepiece of his career, while the accompanying documentaries reveal a fascinating and diverse talent.Those from the British film world of a certain vintage will certainly remember Hoellering in another role: for 36...

CD: Senegal 70

Mark Kidel

There was a magic moment in West Africa when, shortly after independence, in countries like Mali, Guinea and Senegal, the new leaders financed and encouraged new dance bands – telling them to dig deep into their own traditions and no longer feel obliged to imitate the music of their recently departed colonial masters. That exuberant joie de vivre shines through in the extraordinary music of that time, and this new compilation of rare and unreleased material from Senegal, subtitled "Sonic Gems...

CD: The Corrs - White Light

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Say what you like about The Corrs, there was never any denying their talent – or the voice of raven-haired youngest sister Andrea, fronting the...

CD: MALIJA - The Day I Had Everything

Peter Quinn

With a moto perpetuo of looping accompanying figures in piano and bass underpinning a memorably angular melody in the sax, the opening track of The...

CD: Def Leppard - Def Leppard

Russ Coffey

In 1987 Def Leppard released Hysteria, a high-water mark in the history of soft rock. Not only was it gloriously infectious but there was also a...

DVD: By Our Selves

Graham Fuller

The only way is Essex to Cambridgeshire for lovelorn Romantic poet John Clare

CD: Adele - 25

Katie Colombus

She's back – all hail the queen of soul-pop

CD: The Suicide of Western Culture - Long Live Death! Down With Intelligence!

Guy Oddy

Post-rock electronica from Barcelona that challenges for Best Album of the Year

DVD: Tenderness of the Wolves

Kieron Tyler

Masterful Fassbinder-produced exploration of Germany’s 1920’s serial killer

CD: Emilie & Ogden - 10,000

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Steely Canadian songwriter is not just another girl with a harp

CD: Enya – Dark Sky Island

Matthew Wright

Despite the soft focus, eighth album sticks with laser-like precision to the middle of the road

CD: Justin Bieber – Purpose

Barney Harsent

From troubled child to grown-up star, the singer takes a leap of faith

DVD: I Believe in Miracles

Graham Fuller

Documentary huzzahs Brian Clough's phenomenal Nottingham Forest

CD: Ellie Goulding – Delirium

Katie Colombus

Current and slickly produced pop throwing in all the beats from the EDM genres

DVD: Palio

Jasper Rees

Cosima Spender's thrilling documentary about Siena's historic horse race gets in close

DVD: Death of a Gentleman

Peter Quantrill

The documentary that looked behind Test cricket's decline and found a global conspiracy

CD: CeeLo Green - Heart Blanche

Thomas H Green

Tattooed larger-than-life pop-soul belter makes a viable comeback

CD: The Necks - Vertigo

Matthew Wright

Veteran improvisers' 18th album both epically filmic and texturally detailed

CD: Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone in the Universe

Joe Muggs

Brummie soft rock demigod holds back the tides of progress

DVD: Pasolini

Kieron Tyler

Abel Ferrara’s portrait of the provocative Italian director depicts a consummate self-actualiser

CD: Free School - Dancing on the Dark

Thomas H Green

Birmingham duo's second fizzes with dance music's sense of exultation

CD: Sara Bareilles - What's Inside: Songs from Waitress

Katie Colombus

New album is more soundtrack than standalone pop

DVD: Sleepwalker

Kieron Tyler

Social comment and bloody horror combine in 1984 oddity

CD: Syracuse - Liquid Silver Dream

Joe Muggs

Deceptively simple electropop seductions from French duo

CD: Georgie Fame and the Last Blue Flames - Swan Songs

Mark Kidel

A valedictory tone from one of Britain's most underrated musical stars

CD: Jamie Woon - Making Time

Thomas H Green

Second album from thoughtful, reticent London electro-soul singer

DVD: One Continuous Take

Graham Rickson

Pioneering British director Kay Mander receives a belated tribute

CD: Björk - Vulnicura Strings

Matthew Wright

Darkly intense textures of voice and strings repay close listening

CD: Jewel - Picking Up the Pieces

Katie Colombus

The Alaska-raised singer returns to form


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