sat 25/10/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Yusuf/Cat Stevens - Tell 'Em I'm Gone

Russ Coffey

Every rock fan knows Cat Stevens' story: how, during the early Seventies, the son of a Greek café owner conquered the world’s charts with classics like “Wild World” and “Father and Son” but eventually tired of the music business, found Allah, and packed his guitar away. Since 2006, though, the artist currently known as Yusuf Islam has been slowly returning to his old day job.  So far, most agree, the results have been pleasant rather than stellar. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, however, is in a...

DVD: Maleficent

Katie Colombus

Angelina Jolie carries this re-visited Disney classic. She is the flying buttress that supports the old story told anew, as commanding as the nuclear green energy she emits into the stratosphere and as striking as any original drawing may have been.While the famous curse scene is as honest an homage as it could be to the original animation, Maleficent draws upon the backstory of the supposedly evil villain from Sleeping Beauty. A woman mistreated and exacting her revenge, Jolie's powerfully...

CD: Black Veil Brides – Black Veil Brides IV

Guy Oddy

To the uninitiated, Black Veil Brides are five young men who look and sound pretty much like ‘80s hair metal horrors Motley Crűe – but with a hefty...

CD: The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants To Be Here...

Matthew Wright

You wonder what gets them out of bed. After more than a decade together, and with this, their fourth album, just released, The Twilight Sad must be...

DVD: Blacula - The Complete Collection

Nick Hasted

Blaxploitation, like Krautrock, is an early Seventies term that sounds faintly uneasy now. Begun by Hollywood studio hits such as Shaft, the craze...

CD: Scott Walker + Sunn O))) - Soused

Kieron Tyler

One pair of hands is uppermost in this collaboration

CD: Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Iowan metallers let the masks slip on long-awaited fifth album

DVD: I Clowns

Nick Hasted

Fellini's rarely seen circus special

CD: Billy Idol - Kings and Queens of the Underground

Russ Coffey

Less a Rebel Yell, more a middle-aged yawn but still somewhat endearing

CD: John Foxx - B-Movie (Ballardian Video Neuronica) + John Foxx & Steve D'Agostino - Evidence of Time Travel

Thomas H Green

A two soundtrack album onslaught from original synth-pop pioneer

CD: Kiasmos

Kieron Tyler

After soundtracking Broadchurch, Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds collaborates with Faroese foil

CD: The Ting Tings – Super Critical

Guy Oddy

Salford duo fail to impress with lacklustre third album

CD: Jessie J - Sweet Talker

Thomas H Green

Third album from UK pop sensation is feistier than anticipated

CD: Ex Hex - Rips

Lisa-Marie Ferla

DC power-pop trio deliver 35 minutes of bliss

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Bevis Frond

Kieron Tyler

A landmark one-man psychedelic band’s debut hits the racks again

DVD: Camille Claudel 1915

Jasper Rees

The unique Juliette Binoche goes beyond artistry to play a woman abandoned in hell

DVD: Red Shift

Tim Cumming

A cult classic from the golden age of British TV drama

CD: Indiana – No Romeo

Guy Oddy

A rave pop debut that goes back to the 90s

CD: Tobias Christl - Wildern

Matthew Wright

German jazz singer goes pillaging rock, from Paul Simon to Joy Division

DVD: Lilting

Karen Krizanovich

A mother's love meets her gay son's lover in this tough, insightful drama

CD: Johnny Marr - Playland

Russ Coffey

Ex-Smiths legend back with another likeable curate's egg

CD: Jackson Browne - Standing in the Breach

Adam Sweeting

Political rants and Byrdsian jangle on songwriter's 14th studio album

Reissue CDs Weekly: Oasis

Kieron Tyler

Aural vandalism inflicted on ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’

CD: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Acclaimed London diva returns even stronger

DVD: Shivers

Kieron Tyler

David Cronenberg's first full-length feature still disturbs

CD: Caribou - Our Love

Joe Muggs

Familiar tics, but can the Canadian electronica tinkerer make them fresh?

CD: Hozier - Hozier

Thomas H Green

Irish singer-songerwriter's debut contains rich pickings

DVD: Goltzius and the Pelican Company

Tom Birchenough

First-class, fascinating director's interview accompanies Greenaway's DVD latest

CD: Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Matthew Wright

Radiohead frontman's second solo LP exudes a mournful electronic loveliness


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