tue 24/05/2016

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: Spotlight

Jasper Rees

Journalism is not what it was and nor quite is the journalism movie. Spotlight is released as a home entertainment with a sticker on the packaging announcing its Oscars for best picture and best original screenplay. It is certainly a gripping story of old-school hacks speaking truth to power. In this case the honours go to the Boston Globe, which took on the might of the Catholic Church to expose the cover-up in which the names of 90 priests linked to cases of historic sexual abuse were locked...

CD: Death In Vegas – Transmission

Guy Oddy

Transmission fades in with “Metal Box”, a droning minimalist soundscape that evolves with a steadily building pulse that is brooding, cinematic and a tasty hint of things to come. Icy European synths dominate the sonic pallet of Death In Vegas’s sixth album, with Richard Fearless and new collaborator, the artist, writer and former porn actor Sasha Grey, dumping the restraints of guitars and song structure and laying down some enthralling electronic sounds and grooves that make for quite a trip....

CD: Leyla McCalla – A Day For The Hunter, A Day...

Howard Male

Brave is the songwriter who sets a piece of classic poetry to music, never mind creates almost a whole album of such Frankenstein creations. Poetry...

CD: Beth Orton – Kidsticks

Matthew Wright

Beth Orton is generally filed under folktronica, but neither the label, nor the pigeonhole, do such a restless musician any favours. After a gradual...

DVD: Janis – Little Girl Blue

Mark Kidel

The Janis Joplin bio-doc has been a long time coming. The rock star’s family were notoriously cautious about exposure: who wouldn’t be, with a career...

CD: Harleighblu - Futurespective

Thomas H Green

Nottingham singer's second collection tilts at the cusp of greatness

CD: Bob Dylan - Fallen Angels

Mark Kidel

Dylan does Sinatra songs again

DVD: A War

Kieron Tyler

Restrained moral drama from the director of ‘A Hijacking’

CD: Kate Jackson - British Road Movies

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Long Blondes frontwoman's long-awaited return

CD: Eric Clapton - I Still Do

Russ Coffey

What does the legendary blues merchant still have left to say?

CD: Richard Ashcroft – These People

Guy Oddy

Ex-Verve frontman throws everything but the kitchen sink into his fourth solo album

DVD: The Last Command

David Nice

Emil Jannings inspires pity as a Russian general reduced to Hollywood extra

CD: Kygo - Cloud Nine

Thomas H Green

Dance music becomes ever more feeble in the hands of the misguided

CD: Karl Blau - Introducing Karl Blau

Kieron Tyler

Terrifically stylish tribute to country’s union with soul music

DVD: Youth

Jasper Rees

Paolo Sorrentino meditates on old age with Caine, Keitel and, er, Maradona

CD: James Blake - The Colour in Anything / Skepta - Konnichiwa

Joe Muggs

From north London to the world in two very different styles

CD: Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Soul star channels happiness into luxurious new album

CD: Meghan Trainor - Thank You

Thomas H Green

Second album from "All About That Bass" hit-maker moves things up a notch

DVD: Room

Jasper Rees

Brie Larson won an Oscar, but there's more to this adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel

CD: Jessy Lanza - Oh No

Joe Muggs

Canadian singer-songwriter telescopes the history of electro together

CD: Kel Assouf - Tikounen

Howard Male

The Tuareg desert rock sound gets its most stylistically diverse exponents to date

DVD: The Hateful Eight

Mark Kidel

Torrents of blood in the Wyoming snow

CD: Snarky Puppy – Culcha Vulcha

Matthew Wright

Renowned fusioneers give themselves studio space to play

CD: Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Crossover jazz star returns to his roots

CD: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Katie Colombus

Beyoncé's personal and political project is dark, visual and deeply spiritual

DVD: Tootsie

Saskia Baron

Dustin Hoffman dresses as a woman to become a better man in a lovingly crafted screwball comedy

CD: Ry X - Dawn

Thomas H Green

Spectral electronic balladry from rising LA-based Australian talent

CD: Brian Eno - The Ship

Mark Kidel

Eno paints another masterpiece

DVD: Pink String and Sealing Wax

Kieron Tyler

Sub-texts galore in grade-A Ealing melodrama

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