wed 27/10/2021

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Review: Tori Amos - Ocean to Ocean, review

Liz Thomson

A “sonic photograph” is how Tori Amos describes her sixteenth album, recorded at her home in Cornwall during the spring and summer of Britain’s third lockdown, when, travel, her usual mode of coping with “troubling things”, was not an option. Living in Bude, with her English husband Mark Hawley, their daughter and her partner, she had no option but to “sit with myself and accept where I was”.

Blu-ray: I Never Cry

Graham Fuller

In Piotr Domalewski’s I Never Cry, newcomer Zofia Stafiej excels as sullen Polish schoolgirl Ora, who resentfully travels to Dublin to collect the body of her estranged father, Krzysztof, who has been killed on the unsafe waterfront site where he’d been hired as an emigrant construction worker.

Blu-ray: The Damned

Sebastian Scotney

One German writer found a neat yet teasing way to sum up the difference between Luchino Visconti’s The Damned (1969), the first film in the Italian...

Album: They Might Be Giants - BOOK

Sebastian Scotney

“We’ve always tossed in some super-dire, high-voltage, death-trip lyrics that offset the merriment of a melody,” John Flansburgh of They Might Be...

Album: Nightmares On Wax - Shout Out! To Freedom...

Joe Muggs

George Evelyn is one of British music’s more interesting characters. With equal parts Yorkshire bluntness, hip hop swagger and cosmic dreams, he has...

Album: Lana Del Rey - Blue Banisters

Nick Hasted

True romance from the Americana pop icon

Album: Elton John - The Lockdown Sessions

Liz Thomson

While the nation baked bread, Sir Elton called up his friends

Blu-ray: La Dolce Vita

Mark Kidel

Fellini's prescient vision of a paparazzi-dominated world

Album: Young Thug - Punk

Harry Thorfinn-George

Different eras of Young Thug come together nicely on long-awaited new album

Album: Jarvis Cocker – Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top

Kathryn Reilly

An amusing French fancy with a soupçon of inevitability

Album: Coldplay - Music Of The Spheres

Nick Hasted

Universalist faith inspires earthbound sounds

Album: Finneas - Optimist

Joe Muggs

Brother and collaborator of one of the biggest stars on earth steps out on his own

Album: Pokey LaFarge - In the Blossom of Their Shade

Liz Thomson

Pokey's lockdown escape

Blu-ray: The Lighthouse (Mayak)

Graham Rickson

Subdued, elegiac meditation on wartime life in the Caucasus

Album: Santana - Blessings and Miracles

Mark Kidel

Latin Jazz pioneer hampered by a surfeit of brilliant guests

Album: James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart

Thomas H Green

Our James Blake-phobic reviewer has to admit the singer's latest has much to admire

Album: The Courettes - Back In Mono

Guy Oddy

Garage rock revivalists go-go girl group crazy

Album: Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under

Joe Muggs

The Geordie stadium singer-songwriter unleashes fury while maturing his sound

Album: Ministry - Moral Hygiene

Guy Oddy

Uncle Al raises a battle flag against the US political right-wing

DVD/Blu-ray: Another Round

Saskia Baron

Thomas Vinterberg's superbly ambivalent drama about drinking in Denmark

Album: Efterklang - Windflowers

Kieron Tyler

The Danish art-poppers balance the tension between reserve and forthrightness

DVD/Blu-ray: Maigret - The Complete Series

Graham Rickson

Entertaining, idiomatic Simenon adaptation, brilliantly cast

Album: BADBADNOTGOOD - Talk Memory

Nick Hasted

Jazz/hip-hop mavericks' psychedelic voyage has a Hollywood ending

Album: Vangelis - Juno to Jupiter

Thomas H Green

The septuagenarian electronic don maintains his course to the stars

Album: The Specials - Protest Songs 1924 - 2012

Thomas H Green

Raw, spirited covers set featuring well-chosen songs of dissent and satire

Album: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love for Sale

Sebastian Scotney

A new Tony Bennett album...at 95

Blu-ray: Johnny Guitar

Saskia Baron

Nicholas Ray's operatic Western gets the revival treatment

Album: Catherine Graindorge - Eldorado

Mark Kidel

Ambient reflections on lockdown and death

Album: Black Dice - Mod Prog Sic

Joe Muggs

Twenty-three years into their career, the raw electronic trio get to the hub of things

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