mon 16/09/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Tove Lo - Sunshine Kitty

Thomas H Green

Swedish singer Tove Lo appeared at a time when female physical sexuality was being used as a raw, blunt weapon in pop, when porno chic reached an apex in music videos. Half a decade ago was the time of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball”, thus Lo’s overt displays of sexual bravado seemed part of the same and she had big hits with songs such as “Habits (Stay High)” and “Talking Body”.

CD: Mudhoney - Morning in America

Guy Oddy

Mudhoney’s new album Morning in America is a strange beast. Made up of outtakes from last year’s Digital Garbage, a cover version and rerecorded versions of limited edition 7” singles, one look at the track listing suggests a second CD that might eventually accompany a reissue somewhere down the line. It also implies a release forced by contractual obligations or a cash-flow problem at their label, Sub Pop.

CD: Charli XCX - Charli

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Charli XCX would make a cracking mixtape. I mean that not in the hip hop culture sense - although she’s knocked out a few of those in the five years...

CD: Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love

Kieron Tyler

On a first pass, The Practice of Love seems to be an electropop album in thrall to trance music’s tropes: the synth wash, repeated musical phrases, a...

CD: Metronomy - Metronomy Forever

Owen Richards

According to Metronomy maestro Joseph Mount, his first attempt of album number six was a much snappier affair. But it wasn’t until he broke from his...

DVD/Blu-ray: Amazing Grace

Mark Kidel

With Aretha: the best live music film ever?

CD: Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie

Guy Oddy

Black Francis and crew ease into Rock’s Elder Statesmen status

CD: The Lumineers - III

Ellie Porter

The Denver folk-rockers return with a haunting concept album

CD: Bat For Lashes - Lost Girls

Joe Muggs

Return from the margins to pop majesty for Natasha Khan

CD: Tinariwen - Amadjar

Guy Oddy

Tuareg crew’s collaborations take their desert grooves to new and beautiful places

CD: Iggy Pop - FREE

Thomas H Green

Iggy affectingly contemplates life and mortality in an often tuneful, jazz-flecked set

DVD/Blu-ray: A Kid for Two Farthings

Graham Rickson

Whimsical East End fairy tale, redeemed by handsome visuals

CD: Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble - Valve Bone Woe

Russ Coffey

The Pretenders' singer switches direction for a late-career high

Blu-ray: The Ear

Graham Rickson

Fear and loathing in Cold War Czechoslovakia

CD: Širom - A Universe That Roasts Blossoms for a Horse

Mark Kidel

Boundary-breaking Avant-folk from Slovenia

CD: Caravan Palace - Chronologic

Thomas H Green

Easy-going fourth album from French dance popsters moves further from their origins

CD: Kano - Hoodies All Summer

Joe Muggs

A career best for an MC who's been at the heart of grime since its inception

CD: Whitney - Forever Turned Around

Owen Richards

A subtle but beautiful return for the Chicago natives

CD: Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes

Kieron Tyler

American maverick sells himself short by adopting a restrictive punk slant

CD: Taylor Swift - Lover

Lisa-Marie Ferla

18 earnestly epic tracks from America's loved-up sweetheart

CD: Tanya Tucker - While I'm Livin'

Thomas H Green

Solidly enjoyable reappearance from one of country'n'western's wild women

CD: Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold

Nick Hasted

Punks' St Vincent-produced search for new ground succeeds, with casualties

CD: Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity - To Whom Buys a Record

Kieron Tyler

Energised yet structured reconfiguration of free jazz archetypes

DVD/Blu-ray: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Graham Fuller

Mixed-race heritage condemns a striving youth in 1900 Australia

CD: New Model Army - From Here

Guy Oddy

Almost 40 years on and the Bradford post-punks are still gloomy

CD: Grenades - Primate

Thomas H Green

Debut from UK punk outfit shows black wit and sonic imagination

CD: Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place

Russ Coffey

The shoegaze legends' comeback is still going strong

The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru the Passion

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A joyous return to form from the world's best bar band

CD: Frank Turner - No Man's Land

Nick Hasted

A richly conceived, blandly executed history lesson

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