thu 29/09/2016

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Craig David - Following My Intuition

Thomas H Green

Craig David’s comeback has been astonishing. Partly this is due to the reason his career stalled in the first place. Lampooning him was, famously, the core element of Channel 4 comedy show Bo’ Selecta!. That programme and his career wound down around the same time. Little did anyone realise that the affectionate memories of a generation who quoted Bo’ Selecta! in the school playground would eventually combine - in a very 21st century entanglement of irony and real enjoyment - with interest from...

DVD: Fire at Sea

Nick Hasted

There’s a doctor on Lampedusa who has nightmares about the corpses the sea brings to his island: the women who give birth on sinking boats with umbilical cords left uncut, the diesel-poisoned skins, and those left to dehydrate and rot in holds. Perhaps 400,000 refugees have arrived at this Italian outpost nearer to Libya than Sicily, perhaps 15,000 dying. Gianfranco Rosi’s Berlin Golden Bear-winning documentary closely observes both Lampedusa’s enduring seafaring culture, and the death and...

CD: Gruff Rhys - Set Fire to the Stars

Barney Harsent

Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys is a quietly prolific talent. Every few years or so, there’ll be another album, complete with the kind of...

CD: Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing

Matthew Wright

“In time, you’ll be mine,” sings Van Morrison in the opening song to his first new collection in four years. That line sets the tone for a warm bath...

CD: Pixies – Head Carrier

Guy Oddy

For a few years after their 2004 reformation, it looked like Pixies were going to be more than happy as a heritage act, churning out the highlights...

Blu-ray: The Glass Key/The Blue Dahlia

Graham Fuller

Two film noirs showcase the impeccable coolness of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake

CD: John Prine - For Better, Or Worse

Jasper Rees

An almanack of historical pleasures from the country songbook

CD: Billy Bragg & Joe Henry - Shine a Light

Thomas H Green

Brit-American duo cross a continent digging into folk music's railroad mythology

Blu-ray: Early Murnau

Kieron Tyler

Five films from the great German director offer insights into his inconsistency

CD: Marillion - FEAR

Russ Coffey

Progressive past masters sing the post-Brexit blues

CD: Vangelis – Rosetta

Barney Harsent

The synth legend heads off on a mission to outer space

CD: Warpaint - Heads Up

Joe Muggs

Going back to go forwards with the LA quartet

DVD: Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words

Jasper Rees

Intimate portrait of a Hollywood diva fills in the darkest shadows

CD: Yello - Toy

Thomas H Green

Swiss electro-pop perennials mellowing nicely with age

CD: Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns

Mark Kidel

Melancholy collection of jazz and blues covers

DVD: The Measure of a Man

Nick Hasted

Inhuman employment's human cost is weighed in a French prize-winner

CD: Deap Vally - Femejism

Thomas H Green

Second album from LA's scuzz-blues rock duo proves their first was no flash-in-the-pan

CD: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

Guy Oddy

Funereal blues that do, in the end, suggest the possibility of redemption

CD: Jóhann Jóhannsson - Orphée

Kieron Tyler

Powerful non-soundtrack suite which restates the Icelandic composer’s identity

DVD/Blu-ray: Psychomania

Kieron Tyler

Undead bikers wreak havoc in a one-off British Seventies classic

DVD/Blu-ray: On the Black Hill

Nick Hasted

Evocative film of Bruce Chatwin's Welsh hill farm saga

CD: Hifi Sean - Ft.

Joe Muggs

Can an underground all star cast make a house album into something more?

DVD/Blu-ray: Embrace of the Serpent

Mark Kidel

Magical evocation of Amazonian wisdom impresses

CD: Pictish Trail - Future Echoes

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Purveyor of the finest space-age disco-wonk-pop returns

CD: KT Tunstall - KIN

Katie Colombus

Grown up pop with a spiritual edge

CD: M.I.A. - AIM

Bernadette McNulty

The geopolitically polemical singer returns, possibly for the last time

DVD/Blu-ray: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, The Seven Minutes

Kieron Tyler

An ace and a joker from Russ Meyer’s short liaison with 20th Century Fox

CD: Meat Loaf - Braver Than We Are

Thomas H Green

Almost 40 years since 'Bat Out of Hell', how are things looking for rock's big showman?

CD: Soundwalk Collective featuring Patti Smith - Killer Road

Kieron Tyler

Reflection on the final days of former Velvet Underground singer Nico struggles to hold attention

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