mon 06/07/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Rufus Wainwright - Unfollow the Rules

Liz Thomson

After Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session and the #Quarantunes “robe recitals” comes the album: Unfollow the Rules, no longer stripped back (though everything's relative) but in all its pomp and glory.

Album: The Jayhawks - XOXO

Russ Coffey

If one song best captures the overall mood of XOXO, it's the Beatles-meets-country strains of "Living in a Bubble". The punchy lyrics offer a timely warning about the effect of 24-hour news. The real impact, however, comes from the gentle, acoustic textures that usher you back to a pre-digital age. That's XOXO all over. Despite the teenager on the cover, this is really a record that exudes wisdom and experience.

Album: Polly Scattergood - In This Moment

Thomas H Green

A decade ago, Polly Scattergood was Mute Records’ newest, most-likely-to signing and, while she never crossed over like similar unconventional female...

Album: Willie Nelson - First Rose of Spring

Liz Thomson

Listening to Willie Nelson’s latest album is like pulling on a pair of beloved beat-up cowboy boots. The declarative vocal over simple guitar, a...

Blu-ray: Criss Cross

Mark Kidel

Criss Cross is a superbly taut film noir, a 1949 drama that unfolds with the inevitable downward spiral of ancient tragedy. Its doomed characters are...

Album: Paul Weller - On Sunset

Mark Kidel

Another near-perfect album from the Modfather

Blu-Ray: Laughter in Paradise, The Green Man

Graham Rickson

Alastair Sim redeems a pair of patchy non-Ealing comedies

Album: Sparks - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

Nick Hasted

Arch rhymes and secreted emotion from veteran LA ironists

Album: HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Energy and experimentation from sister trio at the top of their game

Album: Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink

Kathryn Reilly

A fresh look at women's woes from one who knows

Album: Khruangbin - Mordechai

Barney Harsent

The Texan three-piece are hard to pin down, but easy to love

DVD/Blu-ray: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Mark Kidel

Slow-burning passion packs a strong erotic punch in Céline Sciamma's film

Album: Dream Wife - So When You Gonna…

Guy Oddy

Arts punks’ sophomore effort dashes expectations

Blu-Ray: A Foreign Affair

Saskia Baron

Billy Wilder and Marlene Dietrich weave that old black magic in their black market tale

Album: John Legend - Bigger Love

Nick Hasted

Soulman as new man, in variations on clean-cut romance

Album: [MONRHEA] - her[ART]

Thomas H Green

Debut from female Kenyan electronic producer showcases innovation and possibility

Album: Neil Young - Homegrown

Barney Harsent

The unearthing of the singer-songwriter's long-lost album turns up moments of pure gold

Album: Michael Franti & Spearhead - Work Hard & Be Nice

Guy Oddy

Ex-Beatnig and Disposable Hero of Hiphoprisy lurches towards the middle of the road

Album: Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

Mark Kidel

Poetry and romance for an age of disillusion

CD: Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways

Tim Cumming

Bob returns with an unadulturated, stone-cold masterpiece

Album: Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off the Floor

Sebastian Scotney

Strong songwriting captures the mood of the times

Album: Larkin Poe - Self Made Man

Thomas H Green

Female-fronted blues-rock stalwarts return with the songs and enough range to carry the day

Album: Jehnny Beth - To Love Is To Live

Nick Hasted

Former Savages leader lets her guard down

Blu-ray: Hagazussa

Graham Fuller

A woman dubbed a witch yields to psychosis in a superior folk horror movie

EP: Imelda May - Slip of the Tongue

Mark Kidel

Spirited poems from Irish rockabilly queen

Album: John Scofield, Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart - Swallow Tales

Sebastian Scotney

Trust and empathy between musicians built up over decades

Album: Hinds - The Prettiest Curse

Guy Oddy

Spanish indie types beef up their sound to great effect

Album: Dion - Blues With Friends

Liz Thomson

The Wanderer returns to his roots

Album: Westerman - Your Hero is not Dead

Joe Muggs

High-gloss Eighties sonics conceal chasmic emotional depths

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