wed 02/12/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Sunn O))) - Kannon

Guy Oddy

Kannon, Sunn O)))’s (pronounced “sun”) first non-collaborative album since 2009’s epic Monoliths and Dimensions, is a doomy triptych that will make long-term fans of the American band very happy indeed. Taking inspiration from the Buddhist Guanyin Bodhisattva “perceiving the cries of the world”, walls of distorted guitars played very, very slowly provide a cosmic and crushingly heavy groove that suggests that Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson are still very much on top of the drone metal game...


Thomas H Green

You want punk? You got it. The debut album from NOTS explodes into the room and all 11 songs fly by in a rampaging 27 minutes. The all-female quartet from Memphis have been signalling, via singles on their local scuzz-rock label Goner (home to Jay Reatard), that We Are NOTS would be taking no prisoners, and it lives up to such promise. Producer Doug Easley, whose work with Sonic Youth and the White Stripes may have recommended him to the band, does not polish, he merely marshals their fury to a...

CD: Jools & Ruby – Jools Holland and Ruby...

Matthew Wright

Jamaican-born R&B singer Ruby Turner has been part of Jools Holland’s touring band for more than a decade now, her rich and athletic tone a great...

CD: Pope Francis - Wake Up!

Joe Muggs

“May you live in interesting times,” goes the old curse – and for better or worse there's no question that we do. Among the many, many couldn't-make-...

DVD: Closely Observed Trains

Jasper Rees

There’s never been any agreement about translating the participle. Its victory as 1968’s best foreign film is listed on as Closely Watched...

CD: The Vamps - Wake Up

Thomas H Green

A drippy, if anthemic, second date with the latest teen dreams

DVD: Murder in the Cathedral

Tom Birchenough

Reappraising George Hoellering - his screen version of TS Eliot's verse drama, and remarkable documentaries

CD: Senegal 70

Mark Kidel

Music that surfs the elation of post-colonial freedom

CD: The Corrs - White Light

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Nostalgia and nonsense on Irish siblings' big return

CD: MALIJA - The Day I Had Everything

Peter Quinn

All-star trio delivers meticulously crafted performances of new material

CD: Def Leppard - Def Leppard

Russ Coffey

The Sheffield soft rockers are back - just be careful which songs you download

DVD: By Our Selves

Graham Fuller

The only way is Essex to Cambridgeshire for lovelorn Romantic poet John Clare

CD: Adele - 25

Katie Colombus

She's back – all hail the queen of soul-pop

CD: The Suicide of Western Culture - Long Live Death! Down With Intelligence!

Guy Oddy

Post-rock electronica from Barcelona that challenges for Best Album of the Year

DVD: Tenderness of the Wolves

Kieron Tyler

Masterful Fassbinder-produced exploration of Germany’s 1920’s serial killer

CD: Emilie & Ogden - 10,000

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Steely Canadian songwriter is not just another girl with a harp

CD: Enya – Dark Sky Island

Matthew Wright

Despite the soft focus, eighth album sticks with laser-like precision to the middle of the road

CD: Justin Bieber – Purpose

Barney Harsent

From troubled child to grown-up star, the singer takes a leap of faith

DVD: I Believe in Miracles

Graham Fuller

Documentary huzzahs Brian Clough's phenomenal Nottingham Forest

CD: Ellie Goulding – Delirium

Katie Colombus

Current and slickly produced pop throwing in all the beats from the EDM genres

DVD: Palio

Jasper Rees

Cosima Spender's thrilling documentary about Siena's historic horse race gets in close

DVD: Death of a Gentleman

Peter Quantrill

The documentary that looked behind Test cricket's decline and found a global conspiracy

CD: CeeLo Green - Heart Blanche

Thomas H Green

Tattooed larger-than-life pop-soul belter makes a viable comeback

CD: The Necks - Vertigo

Matthew Wright

Veteran improvisers' 18th album both epically filmic and texturally detailed

CD: Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone in the Universe

Joe Muggs

Brummie soft rock demigod holds back the tides of progress

DVD: Pasolini

Kieron Tyler

Abel Ferrara’s portrait of the provocative Italian director depicts a consummate self-actualiser

CD: Free School - Dancing on the Dark

Thomas H Green

Birmingham duo's second fizzes with dance music's sense of exultation

CD: Sara Bareilles - What's Inside: Songs from Waitress

Katie Colombus

New album is more soundtrack than standalone pop

DVD: Sleepwalker

Kieron Tyler

Social comment and bloody horror combine in 1984 oddity


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