sun 26/03/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: James Blunt - The Afterlove

Thomas H Green

There’s nowhere to go with this one, is there? Like any music writer, I want to come at James Blunt afresh. I’d love to say, “No, put your prejudices away, this album is actually alright and here’s why…”, but even the most accomplished sophist would, I suspect, find this impossible. That said, there’s not much quality difference between the better tracks here and those on Ed Sheeran’s well-loved, hugely successful Divide.

CD: Take That - Wonderland

Joe Muggs

One tries not to conflate the man and the music too much. Getting overly tangled up in questions of authenticity is a fool's errand, songs are ultimately public property, and in general, short of Gary Glitter-level crimes, dislike of a pop star's demeanour or attitudes shouldn't stand in the way of enjoyment of a good piece of music.

DVD/Blu-ray: Property Is No Longer a Theft

Nick Hasted

This is the Italian cinema Berlusconi suppressed. Elio Petri directed broadsides between the crossfire of the Sixties and Seventies’ Years of Lead,...

CD: Goldfrapp – Silver Eye

Guy Oddy

Silver Eye is Goldfrapp’s seventh long-player in an 18-year career that has taken in electronica sounds of all stripes. It sees the duo make a stab...

CD: Jethro Tull - The String Quartets

Russ Coffey

On Jethro Tull's classic "Songs from the Wood" Ian Anderson promised "all things refined". And refined the band certain has been. Musically educated...

Blu-ray: Multiple Maniacs

Kieron Tyler

John Waters’ exercise in perversity has lost none of its power to offend

CD: Yasmine Hamdan - Al Jamilat

Tim Cumming

Globe-trotting electropop from Beirut's original underground icon

CD: Judy Collins - A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim

Liz Thomson

Judy Blue Eyes forsakes Stephen Stills for Stephen Sondheim

CD: The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy

Guy Oddy

East Kilbride’s finest return with their first album in almost 20 years - and it’s a cracker

DVD/Blu-ray: Finding Forrester

Nick Hasted

Connery the actor gives his last hurrah for Gus Van Sant

CD: Zara Larsson - So Good

Thomas H Green

The female libido is rendered tawdry and predictable by rising Swedish pop star

DVD: Reset

Jenny Gilbert

Benjamin Millepied at the helm of the Paris Opera Ballet - what really happened?

CD: Conor Oberst - Salutations

Russ Coffey

The re-recording of his magnum opus is more mellow - but is it as good?

DVD/Blu-ray: The Creeping Garden

Graham Rickson

Bewitching documentary about an overlooked life form

CD: Mary Ocher - The West Against the People

Joe Muggs

Berlin-based avant-pop songwriter has enough pop to balance the avant

CD: Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales - Room 29

Guy Oddy

An atmospheric song-cycle about decadent Old Hollywood from the Pulp frontman and his buddies

CD: The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics

Kieron Tyler

Yoko Ono guests on wearisome Eccentronic Research Council spin off

CD: Fink - Fink's Sunday Night Blues Club Vol 1

Matthew Wright

Woozy, evocative but ultimately rather empty tilt at the blues

CD: Tamikrest - Kidal

Mark Kidel

The tired sound of one camel walking

Blu-ray: Cul-de-Sac

Saskia Baron

Nasty, brutish and not short: Polanski's absurdist noir comedy set in Northumberland

CD: Miraculous Mule - Two Tonne Testimony

Thomas H Green

Passionate, paranoid heavy rock built for these times

CD: Ed Sheeran - Divide

Katie Colombus

A new grown-up edge to the familiar sound

DVD/Blu-ray: Endless Poetry

Nick Hasted

Tender self-portrait of the notorious Alejandro Jodorowsky as a young man

CD: Laura Marling - Semper Femina

Russ Coffey

The album of the singer's tattoo motto is designed to make you think, but also makes you feel

CD: Paul Weller - Jawbone (Music from the Film)

Guy Oddy

The Modfather comes over all experimental and cinematic

CD: Depeche Mode - Spirit

Joe Muggs

Essex synth lords on better form than any mega-band on their 14th album should be

Blu-ray: Mildred Pierce

Kieron Tyler

A film-making masterclass from Joan Crawford and director Michael Curtiz

CD: Temples - Volcano

Kieron Tyler

Brit-psych sensations second album is defined by a lack of substance

DVD: De Palma

Nick Hasted

We take a long look at the lurid, brilliant Movie Brat


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