tue 15/04/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: That Sinking Feeling

Graham Rickson

That Bill Forsyth’s 1979 debut feature is so polished shouldn’t be a surprise; he’d been working on documentaries and short films since the 1960s. Several of these are included as generous bonuses on this disc. KH-4 and Mirror are offbeat mini-dramas, but more pertinent is Oscar Marzaroli's Glasgow 1980, an upbeat short edited by Forsyth in 1970, outlining in optimistic fashion how the city would soon be transformed for the better. The depressing gap between aspiration and reality is clear in...

CD: Wallis Bird - Architect

Lisa-Marie Ferla

The ease with which Wallis Bird can flit between genres armed with nothing but a guitar and her warm, raggedly bluesy voice has been apparent since at the very least her 2012 self-titled third album. Even still, those of us who fell for that album’s considerable charms could hardly have expected its architect to celebrate a move to Berlin by going full-on Eurodisco.It’s an acquired taste, the throbbingly incessant disco beat that punctuates “Hardly Hardly”, the opening track - and first single...

CD: Led Bib - The People in your Neighbourhood

Guy Oddy

 2014 marks rock-jazzers/post-jazzers Led Bib’s tenth anniversary as a going concern and three years since their Bring your Own album. It also...

CD: Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love

Russ Coffey

In the five or so years since Paolo Nutini’s last release, the profile of the tousle-haired Scotsman has hardly diminished. Ladies, of all ages,...

DVD: Violent Saturday

Kieron Tyler

Bradenville is on the way up. The town might only have one bank, but it does have a copper mine and a newly opened pyjama factory. In Arizona, it’s...

CD: Wrangler - LA Spark

Thomas H Green

Electronic underground supergroup deliver science fiction sounds

CD: Phronesis - Life to Everything

Peter Quinn

Another transporting live album captures the trio at its most joyously direct

DVD: The Atom Egoyan Collection

Nick Hasted

Enigmatic Armenian-Canadian director's best work boxed

CD: EMA - The Future's Void

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Uncompromising songwriter takes on Big Data on an uncomfortably brilliant album

Reissue CDs Weekly: Gram Parsons

Kieron Tyler

The early days of America’s great musical visionary

CD: SOHN - Tremors

Aimee Cliff

4AD's new signee makes nuanced pop music that takes its sweet time

CD: Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit

Thomas H Green

Patchy third album from "I Need A Dollar" singer

CD: Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast

Guy Oddy

Sub poppers fail to enthuse after 16-year break

CD: Marius Neset & Trondheim Jazz Orchestra - Lion

Matthew Wright

Norwegian saxophone virtuoso challenges Trondheim's collective with large-scale compositions

CD: Aisha Orazbayeva - The Hand Gallery

Joe Muggs

Elvis, Reich and John Cale - natural bedfellows?

DVD: Wonderwall

Kieron Tyler

Hippy-era curio soundtracked by George Harrison and an inspiration for Oasis

CD: Kaiser Chiefs - Education, Education, Education & War

Lisa-Marie Ferla

New line-up, new experiments - but are Ricky Wilson's crew still Chiefs?

Reissue CDs Weekly: Elton John

Kieron Tyler

The full story of a classic on belated 40th-anniversary edition of 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

DVD: Le mani sulla città

David Nice

Uncompromising political drama about property-development horrors in 1960s Naples

CD: Band of Skulls - Himalayan

Guy Oddy

Southampton's blues rockers throw in some new flavours

CD: Shakira - Shakira

Thomas H Green

Latin-American pop heroine and sharp cookie returns full of verve

CD: Karol Conka – Batukfreak

Peter Culshaw

The freak from nowhere near Ipanema scores breakout hit

DVD: White of the Eye

Nick Hasted

Performance director's near-masterpiece about a possible serial killer's marriage

CD: The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Sixth album finds Craig Finn and co. rediscovering the moments of magic

CD: Wilko Johnson/ Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home

Russ Coffey

Ex-Dr Feelgood legend bows out with alternative readings from his back catalogue

Reissue CDs Weekly: Lou Adler

Kieron Tyler

Tribute to a great Los Angeles man of music has a sting in its tail

CD: Dripback - Failed Futures

Thomas H Green

Frantic London thrash metal is a tonic

DVD: Philomena

Jasper Rees

Poignant real-life saga of lost child lit up by Judi Dench

CD: Liars - Mess

Guy Oddy

Dark and brooding electronica from LA's musical magpies

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