sun 26/02/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Sleaford Mods - English Tapas

Thomas H Green

Sleaford Mods have had an amazing run. The duo are prized by their fans for their ultra-basic set-up – a guy with a can of lager standing by a laptop, and a guy ranting – but few would have imagined them almost making the Top 10. Yet that’s exactly what last year’s Key Markets album did. However, the backlash has started, with dispiriting talk of a one-trick pony having run its course.

DVD/Blu-ray: Train to Busan

Kieron Tyler

With its familiar scenario of massed zombies on the offensive against the living, South Korean blockbuster Train to Busan stands or falls on the fresh twists in brings to the table.

CD: Alison Krauss - Windy City

Liz Thomson

An album to please old fans and make new ones, Windy City is a peach – even at first playing it feels like slipping in to a worn-in pair of jeans or...

CD: José James - Love in a Time of Madness

Matthew Wright

At least you always get something different from José James. Originally sprung to fame for blending jazz and hip-hop, this album has little of either...

DVD/Blu-ray: The Crying Game

Saskia Baron

Does a review of a 25-year-old film need a spoiler alert? Much of the success of The Crying Game – its 1992 release earned both six Oscar...

CD: Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost

Guy Oddy

Anton Newcombe’s psychedelic rockers try a range of flavours and come up trumps

DVD: The Spring River Flows East

Tom Birchenough

Revolutionary film: war and passion caught in the Chinese 'Gone with the Wind'

CD: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Tourist

Russ Coffey

Can Alec Ounsworth's hipster outfit justify a fifth outing?

CD: Vera Lynn - Vera Lynn 100

Jasper Rees

New versions of old tunes from the World War Two songbird as she reaches her century

CD: Right Said Fred - Exactly!

Thomas H Green

1990s novelty hit-makers return with their ninth - yes, ninth! - album

CD: Aurelio - Darandi

Joe Muggs

Honduran Garifuna songwriter and surf guitar stylist revisits his career best

DVD: Marc Isaacs - Two Films

Tom Birchenough

Subtle British documentaries catch the nuance of behaviour

CD: Six Organs of Admittance - Burning the Threshold

Kieron Tyler

Ben Chasny’s venerable vehicle eschews musical strategies in favour of focusing on the song

CD: Dreadzone - Dread Times

Mark Kidel

A rousing Dionysiac journey of liberation

CD: Ryan Adams - Prisoner

Liz Thomson

Divorced prolific singer-songwriter channels his inner Boss

DVD/Blu-ray: Black Society Trilogy

Tom Birchenough

Lacerating violence, provocative sexuality - but there's more to Japanese director Takashi Miike

CD: Sherwood & Pinch - Man vs Sofa

Thomas H Green

Brit bass heavyweights do themselves proud with second album

CD: Joel Culpepper - Tortoise

Mark Kidel

Black British talent in the making

DVD/Blu-ray: Cover Girl

Graham Rickson

Dazzling visuals but baggy pacing in an iconic wartime musical

CD: Thievery Corporation - The Temple of I and I

Guy Oddy

Chill-out veterans roll up some high-grade ambient dub

CD: Tinariwen - Elwan

Tim Cumming

The Desert Blues masters in reflective mood

CD: Rag'n'Bone Man - Human

Matthew Wright

Debut from already-famous Brighton soul star presses the right buttons

DVD: The Wailing

Kieron Tyler

Ambitious South Korean horror smash bites off more than it can chew

CD: Devlin - The Devil In

Thomas H Green

Grime prodigy returns from the wilderness

CD: Elbow - Little Fictions

Russ Coffey

Garvey and co serve up some winter warmth

DVD/Blu-ray: Raising Cain

Nick Hasted

De Palma's forgotten nightmare returns in two versions

CD: Singapore Sling - Kill Kill Kill (Songs About Nothing)

Guy Oddy

Icelandic psychedelicists turn up the fuzz and steer clear of the radio

CD: Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life

Matthew Wright

Arizona country singer breaks through with collection of spare, poetic originals

CD: Johnnyswim - Georgica Pond

Katie Colombus

This husband and wife duo share their uplifting love story in musical form

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