fri 06/03/2015

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD: Pictures of the Old World

Tom Birchenough

Slovak director Dušan Hanák's 1972 documentary Pictures of the Old World (Obrazy starého sveta) is a real re-discovery, another in the remarkable haul that distributor Second Run has brought us from the Eastern European film archives which that outfit has long been exploring. It’s an unusual film at first viewing, and one which grows in power, at times achieving an almost ecstatic sense of life itself, its laughter and tears, combined with a pronounced Surrealism. Recalled after its initial...

CD: Fairport Convention - Myths & Heroes

Katie Colombus

Fairport Convention might have been around for almost 50 years, but they still clearly know how to deliver timeless quality. Their new album, made up of all new tracks (a departure from the previous album By Popular Request which comprised re-recorded oldies-but-goodies) – some written by band member Chris Leslie with guest tracks by folk legend Ralph McTell and multi-faceted Anna Ryder, ties in with a UK tour running until the summer.Myths & Heroes is well put together, a mixture of...

CD: Jimmy Somerville - Homage

Kieron Tyler

Disco was about the dancefloor: a music that delivered the goods in one-song bursts which made assembled revellers move. The album was not its...

DVD: Spring in a Small Town

Graham Fuller

The release of pent-up desire in a movie drains it of interest. Its withholding keeps the plot boiling, especially if moral considerations come into...

CD: Emily Saunders - Outsiders Insiders

Matthew Wright

Emily Saunders has crafted a reputation for cool, sophisticated songs blending Brazilian themes and rhythms with a clean, precise, almost...

CD: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday

Barney Harsent

Noel and his High Flying Birds aim for new heights without straying too near the Sun

DVD: Mr Turner

David Nice

Superlative performances in Mike Leigh's ravishingly filmed hyper-biopic

CD: Katzenjammer – Rockland

Guy Oddy

Barn-dance friendly Scandinavians find their own groove

CD: Tuxedo - Tuxedo

Joe Muggs

Shiny-suited funk from the LA-Seattle supergroup

DVD: The Nightcomers

Kieron Tyler

Marlon Brando bombs in ludicrous Michael Winner-directed prequel to 'The Turn of the Screw'

CD: Altan - The Widening Gyre

Peter Quinn

Traditional Irish music meets Americana with spectacular results

CD: Songhoy Blues - Music in Exile

Mark Kidel

The musical upside of Jihadism in Mali

CD: Scorpions - Return to Forever

Russ Coffey

Have the German rockers finally lost their sting?

DVD: Fury

Adam Sweeting

Gruelling and action-packed story of a tank crew battling across Nazi Germany

CD: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth – Brothers of the Sonic Cloth

Guy Oddy

The triumphant return of original grunger Tad Doyle

CD: Public Service Broadcasting - The Race for Space

Thomas H Green

London duo make a successful bid for the moon

DVD: Wild River

Kieron Tyler

Elia Kazan’s multi-faceted drama still provokes

CD: Charli XCX - Sucker

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Perennial guest star pens some hits of her own

CD: Carter Tutti – Carter Tutti Plays Chris & Cosey

Barney Harsent

Chris & Cosey take it to the stage with souped-up songs that go further than you might expect

DVD: The Babadook

Tim Cumming

The ba-ba-bad side of pop-up books

CD: Six Organs of Admittance: Hexadic

Kieron Tyler

Power, but without the promised shock of the new on Ben Chasny’s latest outing

CD: Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors

Guy Oddy

Las Vegas pop rockers try to be Coldplay

CD: Steve Earle & the Dukes - Terraplane

Thomas H Green

Country rock perennial gives his slant on raw southern blues

DVD: Enemy

Adam Sweeting

Twice the Gyllenhaal in half the time in doppelganger dystopia

CD: The Unthanks - Mount The Air

Russ Coffey

The Geordie gals introduce a new, softer sound

Reissue CDs Weekly: Martin Hannett & Steve Hopkins

Kieron Tyler

Collection revealing the legendary producer’s mainstream aspirations

CD: Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Kieron Tyler

Overegged solo album from former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman

CD: Esmé Patterson - Woman to Woman

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Denver songwriter explores the lives of the under-sung heroines of contemporary pop

DVD: Night Will Fall

Thomas H Green

André Singer's powerful Holocaust documentary arrives on DVD with a wealth of extras

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