fri 12/02/2016

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: Fidelio: Alice's Journey

Kieron Tyler

Fidelio: Alice's Journey can literally be described as relating a journey of self-discovery. A mechanic on the Marseille-registered freighter Fidelio, the equally titular Alice navigates the seas with an all-male crew and explores who they are while investigating her own sexuality.She’s left her cartoonist boyfriend Felix (Anders Danielsen Lie) on dry land and tells him to use “C” for cock and “P” for pussy in their e-mails to disguise what they’re discussing. Soon, things become more...

CD: Rokia Traoré, Né So

Mark Kidel

The Malian music scene has always been dominated by the griot caste, the jalis who serve as historians, praise-singers and guardians of the tradition. Rokia Traoré, like Salif Keita, isn’t a griot, but a member of the nobility. She is not bound by the same rules and expectations, and is free to take liberties that the servants of the great Manding heritage are not.This is the second of her collaborations with producer John Parrish, the Bristol-based musician who has been both inspiration and...

CD: The Jezabels - Synthia

Lisa-Marie Ferla

It would be easy to write off The Jezabels’ third album as style over substance. The gaudy, synth-heavy gloom-pop of Synthia seeks to catch you off...

CD: Barry Adamson - Know Where To Run

Guy Oddy

If these decisions were made on the back of quality and creativity rather than marketing muscle, Barry Adamson wouldn’t just be taking care of the...

CD: Wendy James - The Price of the Ticket

Thomas H Green

In the latter half of the 1980s, Wendy James’s band Transvision Vamp created quite a stir. Their music, including a chart-topping second album, was...

CD: Basia Bulat - Good Advice

Kieron Tyler

A captivating fresh approach from the Canadian singer-songwriter

CD: Kula Shaker - K2.0

Russ Coffey

The sitar heroes return, but is there more than just mystical rock?

DVD: Bill

Graham Rickson

An irreverent Shakespearean romp, not just for kids

CD: Snarky Puppy - Family Dinner Volume Two

Peter Quinn

US collective delivers another appetizing smorgasbord of songs

CD: Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night

Guy Oddy

Elton’s crazy night feels more like a quiet evening in

DVD: 99 Homes

Tom Birchenough

Visceral anger at social process drives powerful state-of-the-US film

CD: Sidestepper – Supernatural Love

Mark Kidel

The latest from the electro-cumbia pioneers

CD: GoGo Penguin - Man Made Object

Matthew Wright

Manchester post-jazz trio's Blue Note debut not quite as innovative as they think

CD: The Cult - Hidden City

Barney Harsent

Album no.10 from Ian Astbury and co. is patchy, but entertaining

CD: Rihanna - Anti

Joe Muggs

In which the world-conquering pop goddess puts on the brakes - to what effect?

DVD: Tangerines

Tom Birchenough

Powerful, understated anti-war film brings Estonian and Georgian forces together

CD: Gerard Presencer & Danish Radio Big Band - Groove Travels

Peter Quinn

Brilliant, multifaceted big band album from the British trumpeter and composer

CD: Lion Babe - Begin

Thomas H Green

Decent debut from big-haired US pop duo

CD: Emma Pollock - In Search of Harperfield

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Scottish songstress beguiles with letters to her younger self

CD: Turin Brakes - Lost Property

Russ Coffey

The Balham boys say if it ain't broke don't fix it

CD: Sia - This Is Acting

Katie Colombus

The singer who likes to remain unseen keeps herself hidden behind songs meant for other people

DVD: The Jacques Rivette Collection

Kieron Tyler

Art-auteur’s lost films could be the year’s most important home cinema release

CD: Tricky – Tricky Presents Skilled Mechanics

Mark Kidel

The Tricky Kid keeps the Bristol flame burning

CD: Suede - Night Thoughts

Guy Oddy

Brett Anderson’s mob return with a soundtrack that itches to be heard with its visuals

DVD: The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Kieron Tyler

Magnetic, slow-burn performance from Robert Mitchum in Peter Yates’ dark crime drama

CD: The Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum

Kieron Tyler

Hard to penetrate fifth album from Canada’s musical fantasists

CD: Daughter - Not To Disappear

Katie Colombus

Dark and deeply personal indie pop

CD: Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20

Mark Kidel

Songs of love, hurt and death

DVD: Ration Books and Rabbit Pies - Films from the Home Front

Graham Rickson

Assorted wartime propaganda shorts, high on entertainment value

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