thu 30/03/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Bob Dylan - Triplicate

Mark Kidel

The baby-boomers, we are told, postpone thoughts of mortality, workaholically keeping the image of the grim reaper at bay. The rock’n’rollers among them keep the teen spirit flowing, rebellious to the last, even though they are now the elders of the tribe, often stuck in old postures of revolt.

CD: The Residents - The Ghost of Hope

Thomas H Green

The Residents' famous fusion of Fred Astaire’s most dapper top hat’n’tails look with a giant eyeball head is a masterpiece of surreal imagery. The subversive California outfit, who’ve been going for over 40 years, have regularly veered into other visual identities, but it’s their classic monocular showman who appears on the front of the latest album.

DVD/Blu-ray: Two Rode Together

Graham Fuller

Two Rode Together (1961) depicts the humanising of Guthrie McCabe (James Stewart), a corrupt, mercenary border town marshal, as it builds to a...

CD: Wire - Silver/Lead

Javi Fedrick

Although Wire have regularly fired out albums, ever since their inimitable strain of angular punk first exploded into the Seventies, their later...

CD: James Blunt - The Afterlove

Thomas H Green

There’s nowhere to go with this one, is there? Like any music writer, I want to come at James Blunt afresh. I’d love to say, “No, put your prejudices...

CD: Take That - Wonderland

Joe Muggs

As middle age really kicks in, can pop's great survivors still cut it?

DVD/Blu-ray: Property Is No Longer a Theft

Nick Hasted

Elio Petri's grotesque thriller dissects Seventies Italy's rotten heart

CD: Goldfrapp – Silver Eye

Guy Oddy

Hipster electro-poppers fall between two stools

CD: Jethro Tull - The String Quartets

Russ Coffey

Is Ian Anderson's new LP faux-classical or just its own thing?

Blu-ray: Multiple Maniacs

Kieron Tyler

John Waters’ exercise in perversity has lost none of its power to offend

CD: Yasmine Hamdan - Al Jamilat

Tim Cumming

Globe-trotting electropop from Beirut's original underground icon

CD: Judy Collins - A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim

Liz Thomson

Judy Blue Eyes forsakes Stephen Stills for Stephen Sondheim

CD: The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy

Guy Oddy

East Kilbride’s finest return with their first album in almost 20 years - and it’s a cracker

DVD/Blu-ray: Finding Forrester

Nick Hasted

Connery the actor gives his last hurrah for Gus Van Sant

CD: Zara Larsson - So Good

Thomas H Green

The female libido is rendered tawdry and predictable by rising Swedish pop star

DVD: Reset

Jenny Gilbert

Benjamin Millepied at the helm of the Paris Opera Ballet - what really happened?

CD: Conor Oberst - Salutations

Russ Coffey

The re-recording of his magnum opus is more mellow - but is it as good?

DVD/Blu-ray: The Creeping Garden

Graham Rickson

Bewitching documentary about an overlooked life form

CD: Mary Ocher - The West Against the People

Joe Muggs

Berlin-based avant-pop songwriter has enough pop to balance the avant

CD: Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales - Room 29

Guy Oddy

An atmospheric song-cycle about decadent Old Hollywood from the Pulp frontman and his buddies

CD: The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics

Kieron Tyler

Yoko Ono guests on wearisome Eccentronic Research Council spin off

CD: Fink - Fink's Sunday Night Blues Club Vol 1

Matthew Wright

Woozy, evocative but ultimately rather empty tilt at the blues

CD: Tamikrest - Kidal

Mark Kidel

The tired sound of one camel walking

Blu-ray: Cul-de-Sac

Saskia Baron

Nasty, brutish and not short: Polanski's absurdist noir comedy set in Northumberland

CD: Miraculous Mule - Two Tonne Testimony

Thomas H Green

Passionate, paranoid heavy rock built for these times

CD: Ed Sheeran - Divide

Katie Colombus

A new grown-up edge to the familiar sound

DVD/Blu-ray: Endless Poetry

Nick Hasted

Tender self-portrait of the notorious Alejandro Jodorowsky as a young man

CD: Laura Marling - Semper Femina

Russ Coffey

The album of the singer's tattoo motto is designed to make you think, but also makes you feel

CD: Paul Weller - Jawbone (Music from the Film)

Guy Oddy

The Modfather comes over all experimental and cinematic

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