sat 22/11/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

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 where, now, the “Lady Madonna” piano is shoved to one side to make way, but I’m guessing it’s lots. I, along with 30 or so other people, am here to listen to Listen, David Guetta’s fourth album. Judging by the venue, the opulent decor and the free bar, it’s one that, I suspect, he really wants us to like.David arrives and is, in equal parts, funny,...

DVD: Ida

Tom Birchenough

Pawel Pawlikowski took a leap into the unknown with Ida. The reasons for advance box office scepticism were clear: the film was black and white, made in an old-fashioned ratio, in Polish (until then the director had only worked in English), and more than bleak in subject. But the risks have more than paid off: as the highest grossing Polish-language film in the US ever, Ida has proved his most commercially successful work to date.And critically, too, a category I suspect Pawlikowski is much...

CD: David Sylvian - there’s a light that enters...

Joe Muggs

Is there something literary in the air out in the left field? Kate Tempest as a close runner up for the Mercury Prize while other streetwise spoken...

CD: Gemma Hayes - Bones and Longing

Russ Coffey

Since Gemma Hayes' Mercury nomination in 2003, the Irish singer-songwriter has largely experienced the familar indie fate of meagre commercial...

DVD: Spione

David Nice

If you have trouble grasping all the plot-lines of Fritz Lang’s 1928 silent thriller, fear not: they’re chimerical, existing only to display all the...

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

DVD: Godzilla

Adam Sweeting

Spectacular effects but little human interest in monster mash-up

CD: Simple Minds - Big Music

Russ Coffey

They're serious and hip again, but is that what we want?

CD: The Flaming Lips 2014 - With a Little Help from My Fwends

Kieron Tyler

Horrible Miley Cyrus-assisted redux of Sgt Pepper’s with one redeeming factor – it benefits charity

CD: Taylor Swift - 1989

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Former Nashvile starlet shakes it off on a classy pop album

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