mon 20/10/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

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

Kieron Tyler

As tough-going as expected, the eagerly anticipated collaboration between Scott Walker and deconstructed metallers Sunn O))) is 48 minutes of deliberately ugly darkness. On the opening track “Brando”, in his now-familiar strangulated tenor, Walker wails “a beating would do me a world of good.” He’s already punned “whip-poor-will” which was, with crushing inevitability, followed by the sound of an actual bullwhip. All the while, Sunn O))) grind away, producing elongated slabs of unyielding noise...

CD: Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

Lisa-Marie Ferla

In a week packed with releases from music industry veterans including Neil Diamond, Chris De Burgh and Status Quo, it’s actually the new one from Slipknot that’s the most interesting. .5: The Gray Chapter is the mask-wearing Iowan metallers’ first album in six years, and their first since the 2010 death of founding member and bassist Paul Gray from an accidental overdose. As its title suggests, much of this album is a tribute to friend and colleague – and, as the genre suggests, it’s one that...

DVD: I Clowns

Nick Hasted

Circuses were a regular touchstone for Fellini, and clowns, as this 1970 TV movie confirms, their troubling core. I Clowns’ first 25 minutes are a...

CD: Billy Idol - Kings and Queens of the...

Russ Coffey

Online comments for the preview stream of Kings and Queens of the Underground have been disappointing. So poor, in fact, they could have you checking...

CD: John Foxx - B-Movie (Ballardian Video...

Thomas H Green

John Foxx was one of electro-pop’s original instigators. His alienated synth sound and Ballardian sci-fi vision defined the genre in its early days....

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

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

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

CD: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Russ Coffey

Californian four-piece tread water in a sea of adolescent power pop

CD special: Prince - Art Official Age / Prince & 3rdeyegirl - Plectrumelectrum

Joe Muggs

The purple one returns, invigorated and very silly

CD: Alt-J - This Is All Yours

Matthew Wright

Mercury-winners' second album dazzles conceptually, if not always emotionally

CD: The Vaselines - V For Vaselines

Guy Oddy

C86 veterans hit the accelerator and turn up the volume

CD: Inspiral Carpets - Inspiral Carpets

Thomas H Green

Nineties Mancunian mainstays' first album in 20 years contains nuggets of gold

DVD: A Jester's Tale

Tom Birchenough

Czech director Karel Zeman reaches English-speaking world with captivating feature-animation mix

CD: U2 - Songs of Innocence

Adam Sweeting

How the Dublin quartet went from garage band to Apple's corporate partner


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