wed 26/11/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Fini Bearman - Porgy & Bess

Peter Quinn

The weapon of choice of wannabe jazz chanteuses the world over, the fact that London-based singer, songwriter and composer Fini Bearman chose to deliver the ubiquitous “Summertime” as a wordless meditation almost made me weep with gratitude.The closing song of this eight-track homage to Gershwin's operatic masterpiece, “Prayer (Summertime)” typifies the way in which Bearman and her superb quintet cast fresh light on material that has long since been imprinted on our consciousness. Beginning...

DVD: Mood Indigo

Katie Colombus

This is a simple story told in the most creatively chaotic way. A kaleidoscope of stunning visuals, intricate mechanics and curious characters unfolds, revealing the tale of Chloe (Audrey Tautou) and Colin (Romain Duris) who fall in love.Their Parisian romance, set in a non-specific era, is based on the 1947 cult novel by writer and musician Boris Vian, L'Ecume des Jours. The story is predetermined by an orchestrated manuscript, constructed on a revolving conveyor belt typewriter. It...

CD: Mind Fair - Mind Fair

Barney Harsent

Mind Fair, whose members comprise Dean "Chicken Lips" Meredith and Ben Shenton, has released a slew of imaginative and wildly different singles on...

CD: Susan Boyle - Hope

Matthew Wright

Susan Boyle’s 2009 Britain’s Got Talent audition was one of the great coups of reality TV, her success surprising and inspiring in equal measure. It’...

CD: David Guetta - Listen

Barney Harsent

I’m not sure exactly how much it costs to rent out Abbey Road’s Studio 2, the room in which the Beatles recorded all their good stuff; the studio...

DVD: Ida

Tom Birchenough

A return to his Polish roots, Pawel Pawlikowski's latest is a bleak, sacred masterpiece

CD: David Sylvian - there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight

Joe Muggs

How Boho can you go?

CD: Gemma Hayes - Bones and Longing

Russ Coffey

Haunting loveliness from the Irish songstress

DVD: Spione

David Nice

Proto-Bond silent spy movie with virtuoso set-pieces from Fritz Lang

CD: One Direction - Four

Barney Harsent

Wherein it's asked whether the MOR tendencies of 1D's fourth album are wise

CD: Antony and the Johnsons - Turning

Mark Kidel

Antony Hegarty's journey into joy-filled sadness

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Velvet Underground

Kieron Tyler

Beautifully packaged but completists-only edition of the Velvet's third album

CD: Bryan Ferry - Avonmore

Adam Sweeting

The song remains fairly similar... but that's OK

DVD: The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Kieron Tyler

Exciting and still-prescient British nuclear threat drama from 1961

CD: Flight Facilities - Down to Earth

Thomas H Green

Australian dance duo's eagerly anticipated debut fluffs rather than thrills

CD: Cheryl - Only Human

Matthew Wright

An intriguing concept becomes a musical monstrosity

DVD: Human Capital

Nick Hasted

A dark Italian satire shows the human price of rampant wealth

CD: TV On The Radio - Seeds

Guy Oddy

The song remains the same for Brooklyn’s art rockers

CD: Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

Matthew Wright

Ignore the tricksy concept, and Dave Grohl's rockers strike again

Reissue CDs Weekly: Cyril Davies, Girls With Guitars

Kieron Tyler

Electrifying Sixties’ female rockers and the razor-wire pioneer of British blues

CD: Pink Floyd - The Endless River

Graham Fuller

Embellished extracts from The Division Bell sessions make for an unneven requiem

DVD: Finding Vivian Maier

Kieron Tyler

Difficult questions dodged in documentary on fabulously talented but now-deceased photographer

CD: Röyksopp - The Inevitable End

Thomas H Green

Final album from Norwegian pair is their finest hour

CD: Purple – (409)

Guy Oddy

A thrilling high-energy garage punk debut straight out of East Texas

DVD: Animal Farm

Graham Fuller

The 1954 animated feature caught the bleakness of Orwell's allegory

CD: Kassé Mady Diabaté - Kiriké

Mark Kidel

A magically intimate moment with Mali's top vocalist

CD: Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Matthew Wright

Undoubted lyrical craft is overcooked in this manicured, melodramatic new work

Reissue CDs Weekly: Love, The Red Crayola

Kieron Tyler

One psychedelic-era legend is confusingly repackaged while another is crisply revisited

CD: Mysteries - New Age Music is here

Thomas H Green

Anonymous doom-tinged oddballs deliver solid opening shot

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