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New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Imogen Heap - The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Thomas H Green

London’s Palace Theatre this week celebrated the thousandth performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened there back in 2016.

CD: Liela Moss - My Name is Safe in Your Mouth

Kieron Tyler

My Name is Safe in Your Mouth takes off with “Above You, Around You”, its fourth track. Up to that point, progress has been stately. Minimal piano refrains, distantly chiming guitars, heartbeat percussion, string swells and a plaintive, multi-tracked voice have summoned a subdued yet intense mood. Then, the curtain is drawn and an ascending musical drama spills from the speakers.

CD: Sarah Gillespie - Wishbones

Howard Male

Whatever happened to real singer-songwriters? That is to say the kind of artist that raged against society’s ills in one song, and sung tenderly or...

CD: J Mascis - Elastic Days

Joe Muggs

“I don't peak early / I don't peak at all,” goes the wryly self-aware line in the opening song here, “Take me to the Movies”. Thirty-five years since...

DVD/Blu-ray: Hitler's Hollywood

Mark Kidel

Apart from Leni Riefenstahl’s insidiously seductive celebrations of Nazism and the propaganda excesses of Veit Harlan’s Jud Süß (1940), the films...

CD: Olly Murs - You Know I Know

Barney Harsent

The likeable entertainer gives us exactly what you'd expect, with predictably ordinary results

CD: The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Merrie Land

Guy Oddy

This modern-day supergroup is a reminder of why supergroups are generally a bad idea

DVD: Anchor & Hope

Tom Birchenough

Dilemmas of love, responsibility make for bearable lightness of being on London's canals

CD: Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra - The Capitol Studios Sessions

Liz Thomson

A screen icon plays some serious jazz

CD: Marianne Faithfull - Negative Capability

Tim Cumming

Searing songs of poetry and experience from the great rock chanteuse

DVD: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box

Graham Rickson

Clean, healthy and (mostly) intelligent - three discs of wholesome family fun

CD: Barbra Streisand - Walls

Joe Muggs

At 76, Streisand is still doing precisely what she does best - and it'd take a hard heart not to take notice

CD: The Prodigy - No Tourists

Guy Oddy

After almost 30 years together, the veteran Essex rave crew are still producing the goods

DVD: Reinventing Marvin

Tom Birchenough

Moving from raw to mannered, partial Edouard Louis adaptation only partly convinces

CD: Rosanne Cash - She Remembers Everything

Liz Thomson

A feast for the ears

CD: The Struts - Young&Dangerous

Thomas H Green

Brit rockers' second is jam-packed with tunes and over-the-top retro references

CD: David Crosby - Here If You Listen

Liz Thomson

A beautifully wrought album beckons us to a kinder, gentler world... at least temporarily

CD: Robyn - Honey

Jo Southerd

Long-awaited album from beloved Scandi icon doesn’t disappoint

CD: Ex Mykah - 16, 17

Thomas H Green

Intriguingly offbeat debut from Los Angeles scenester

DVD/Blu-ray: The Blood of Hussain

Tom Birchenough

Remarkable early films from Pakistan's Jamil Dehlavi bridge the political and the mystic

CD: Micah P Hinson & The Musicians of the Apocalypse - When I Shoot At You With Arrows, I Will Shoot To Destroy You

Guy Oddy

Micah lays down some fine gothic country blues for the wee small hours

CD: Gaye Su Aykol - Istiklarli Hayal Hakikattir

Mark Kidel

Surf-guitar blends with Turkish tradition

CD: Baxter Dury, Etienne de Crécy and Delilah Holliday - B.E.D.

Joe Muggs

A small but perfectly sleazy work of sweary, cynical brilliance

DVD: Generation Wealth

Thomas H Green

An intriguing documentary ramble through greed, money and vicarious displays of excess

MØ - Forever Neverland

Russ Coffey

The quirky Dane's new LP contains moments of loveliness

CD: Yoko Ono - Warzone

Guy Oddy

Yoko revisits her back catalogue but doesn’t make it any more appealing

DVD/Blu-ray: The Comfort of Strangers

Tom Birchenough

Paul Schrader channels Pinter and McEwan in mesmeric tale of Venetian macabre

CD: Karine Polwart – Laws of Motion

Tim Cumming

Powerful new songs on movement and migration from the award-winning singer

CD: Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics

Barney Harsent

The singer's latest album features some of her most impressive songs to date


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