thu 31/07/2014

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale

Jasper Rees

It’s not quite true to say no one would have heard of JJ Cale without Eric Clapton. Clapton’s cover of “After Midnight”, released in 1970 as the first single on his debut solo album, put Cale on the map as a songwriter and paved for his own inimitable recording career. But Clapton didn’t actually record “Cocaine” until Slowhand in 1977. In between Lynyrd Skynyrd slipped in with their account of “Call Me the Breeze”, the song which lends its name to this Clapton-led tribute a year on from Cale’s...

CD: Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Context is everything. It’s the difference between that “lady without a baby” line that’s got everybody talking delivered straight up, and the knowing smile and cross-dressing Hollywood actresses that come with it in the song’s accompanying video. It’s why Jenny Lewis, child starlet turned indie rock frontwoman turned accomplished alt-country singer-songwriter, is that rare artist who has made not only the best album for herself at every stage of her career, but also the one that her fans...

DVD: Venus in Fur

Katie Colombus

Action film fans should stay away from this Roman Polanski duet. But those who like their sexual politics served in symbolic form will be delighted....

CD: Andy Bell – Torsten the Bareback Saint

Kieron Tyler

“A theatrical pop song-cycle of musical postcards from the hotspots of memory from a semi-immortal polysexual sensualist’s life” is how the fourth...

Loudon Wainwright III: Haven't Got the Blues...

Jasper Rees

Loudon Wainwright III is the closest the Americana tradition gets to a stand-up comedian. It’s there in the punctilious insistence on his place in...

CD: Neon Jungle - Welcome to the Jungle

Thomas H Green

Jovially irrelevant tweeny-bop banger debut from flash-in-the-pan popsters

DVD: Independencia

Graham Fuller

A Filipino New Wave classic draws on early cinema to attack American imperialism

CD: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye

Guy Oddy

American institution returns to the Seventies - again

CD: Black Top - # One

Peter Quinn

A powerful, genre-defying debut album from the shape-shifting ensemble

DVD: Too Late Blues

Kieron Tyler

Jazz-world rollercoaster ride from John Cassavetes

CD: Fink - Hard Believer

Matthew Wright

Fink's latest is a mixed bag of the inspired and aerated

CD: Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics

Tim Cumming

Thompson goes solo for a deft career retrospective

CD: King Creosote - From Scotland with Love

Russ Coffey

More top-drawer nostalgia from the prolific Scotsman

DVD: Harold and Maude

Kieron Tyler

Early Seventies black comedy which demonstrates love recognises no boundaries

CD: Jungle - Jungle

Thomas H Green

Rising London electronic duo don't quite match their hype

CD: La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

Joe Muggs

Elly Jackson has matured musically in her absence: but is that for the best?

DVD: Miss Violence

Katie Colombus

This disturbing depiction of patriarchal domination is difficult to watch

CD: Preservation Hall Jazz Band - That's It!

Matthew Wright

Vivid and wide-ranging tribute to New Orleans musical traditions

Reissue CDs Weekly: Lewis

Kieron Tyler

A ground-breaking lost classic resurfaces

CD: Emma Tricca – Relic

Kieron Tyler

An album that aches with a spiritual yearning by this singular artist

DVD: Under the Skin

Jasper Rees

Scarlett Johansson kills Glaswegian males

CD: Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls

Russ Coffey

Are the veteran Brum-rockers ripe for re-appraisal?

CD: Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Guy Oddy

British institution and one-time indie icon returns to form

CD: Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Promising debut from Glasgow duo packed with sugar and venom

CD: Anushka - Broken Circuit

Joe Muggs

Can the new wave of dance music support a real songwriting partnership?

DVD: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Kieron Tyler

A game of two halves in Wes Anderson’s hotel-set fantasia

CD: Sia Tolno - African Woman

Peter Culshaw

Africa's big soul voice turns back the clock and reworks Afro-beat

Reissue CDs Weekly: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Kieron Tyler

Warts-and-all document of the fantastic four’s mammoth stadium tour of 1974

CD: Jon Allen - Deep River

Russ Coffey

An accomplished piece from the hard-working journeyman

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