fri 20/01/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD/Blu-ray: The Glass Shield

Saskia Baron

Charles Burnett is one of the neglected pioneers of African-American film-making. He first won attention back in 1978 with his poetic, powerful debut film, Killer of Sheep. Acclaimed by critics and respected by his fellow directors, Burnett has always struggled to get his scripts on screen, focusing as they do on the reality of black American lives.

CD: Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life

Guy Oddy

It may be five years since their last album, Celebration Rock, and the world may have turned several somersaults of late, but Japandroids’ love of tasty power pop songs that suggest Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ bar-room rock with a hefty dose of New Wave attitude remains a musical constant in these crazy times.

CD: The xx - I See You

Joe Muggs

This seems a logical progression for The xx. The super-stripped-back sound of their first two albums has got them a very long way indeed – along with...

DVD/Blu-ray: Anthropoid

Graham Rickson

Let’s explain the peculiar title first: Operation Anthropoid was the code name given by the Czech Resistance for the planned assassination of...

CD: Nadia Rose - Highly Flammable

Matthew Wright

The flaming pigtails say it all. More St Trinian’s than gangsta, the 23-year-old Croydon rapper Nadia Rose presents (mostly) the lighter side of...

CD: Petite Meller - Lil Empire

Thomas H Green

Lush Afro-pop and infantilised vocal stylings that are - eventually - persuasive

CD: Brian Eno - Reflection

Mark Kidel

Slow-motion cascades of morphing tone

DVD/Blu-ray: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Jasper Rees

Enchanting comedy about an odd couple on the run in the New Zealand bush

CD: Michael Chapman - 50

Kieron Tyler

Masterful songwriting from the venerable British singer-songwriter

CD: Trish Clowes - My Iris

Matthew Wright

Subtle, thoughtful and intellectually ambitious contemporary jazz

Blu-ray: Assault on Precinct 13

Kieron Tyler

John Carpenter’s classic second film still thrills

CD: Laurie Shaw - Felted Fruit

Barney Harsent

An overlooked Christmas present for lovers of psych pop gems

Reissue CDs Weekly: Action Time Vision

Kieron Tyler

Thought-provoking box set dedicated to British independent-label punk rock

CD: Camilla George Quartet - Isang

Peter Quinn

Alto saxist's debut offers a striking voyage of discovery

CD: The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody

Kieron Tyler

A once-great band needs to pull its socks up

DVD/Blu-ray: Hell or High Water

Mark Kidel

Echoes of the old West signal tragedy in Scottish director's new take on an old genre

Albums of the Year: Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

Mark Kidel

Music at death's door from a late master - and other intimations of mortality

Albums of the Year: Anohni - Hopelessness

Bernadette McNulty

In 2016, who gave us the nightmarish sound of the present?

Albums of the Year: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Russ Coffey

Thom Yorke captured the fearful sound of alienation in 2016

Albums of the Year: Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger

Adam Sweeting

Still making new musical discoveries after 50 years in the business

Reissue CDs Weekly: Mikael Tariverdiev

Kieron Tyler

Melancholy soundtrack of Russian classic ‘The Irony of Fate’ is brought to Anglophone listeners

Albums of the Year: Christine Tobin - Pelt

Peter Quinn

Poetry and music combine to powerful effect in Tobin's Muldoon songbook

Albums of the Year: Dolly Parton - Pure & Simple

Liz Thomson

Dolly mixture: 'garage band' simplicity coupled with a Glastonbury giveaway

DVD/Blu-ray: Indochine

Tom Birchenough

Deneuve resplends in Régis Wargnier’s spectacular Vietnam-set saga

Albums of the Year: Sia - This Is Acting

Katie Colombus

The 2016 album that offered pieces of herself to others, came up trumps for Sia

Albums of the Year: Blackstar - David Bowie

Howard Male

An ending that could have been a new beginning

Albums of the Year: Swans - The Glowing Man

Guy Oddy

Michael Gira calls time on the latest Swans line-up with a career high. Plus Soulwax and Bosco Rogers

Reissue CD of the Year: Robert Bensick

Kieron Tyler

Lost art-rock masterpiece ‘French Pictures in London’ finally gets its day in the sun

CD: Neil Diamond - Acoustic Christmas

Russ Coffey

Brooding versions of seasonal classics provide a fitting end to the year

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