wed 20/01/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Blu-ray: Liberté

Tom Birchenough

Catalan director Albert Serra’s interest in late 18th century France is well established – his previous film was The Death of Louis XIV – but the title of his new one has precious little to do with the triadic

Album: Passenger – Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted

Liz Thomson

The tears of a clown is a familiar enough metaphor – a cliché, perhaps – and as an image it adorns the sleeve of the latest album by Mike Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, the platinum-selling former Brighton busker.

Blu-ray/DVD : The Tin Drum

Mark Kidel

Volker Schlöndorff’s brilliant adaptation of Günter Grass’s 1959 novel The Tin Drum hasn’t aged one bit: just as the book and film’s main character...

Album: Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs

Kathryn Reilly

What’s all this? Female voices, guitars, a song lasting over four minutes… harmonies? Have Britain’s savviest social commentators gone soft? Fear not...

Album: Skyway Man - The World Only Ends When You...

Thomas H Green

When the concept album first properly took flight, in the late 1960s, before it became slave to the bloated artifice of prog-rock, it was an...

Blu-ray: The Night Porter

Graham Fuller

Liliana Cavani's transgressive drama was widely misunderstood on its original release

Album: Katy Carr - Providence

Tim Cumming

Post-war Hampstead takes centre stage in the conclusion to Katy Carr's trilogy

Album: New Age Doom - Himalayan Dream Techno

Guy Oddy

Eerie drone music from the forests of British Columbia

Album: Hilang Child - Every Mover

Kieron Tyler

Directness competes with the impressionistic on Ed Riman’s second album

Album: Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz

Thomas H Green

Stockholm punks impress with heart and musical range on their second album

Album: Steve Earle & The Dukes - JT

Liz Thomson

JT, RIP: Steve Earle's loving tribute to his son

Albums of the Year 2020: Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

Mark Kidel

The gifted young and the old reflect on troubled times

Albums of the Year 2020: Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords

Peter Quinn

A dazzling double album from the acclaimed composer, arranger and bandleader

DVD/Blu-ray: Are We Lost Forever

Tom Birchenough

Separation, Swedish-style, in a chamber portrait of a gay couple in break-up

Albums of the Year 2020: Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling

Nick Hasted

Sorrow and anger at a trampled American Dream

Albums of the Year 2020: A.G. Cook – 7G

Harry Thorfinn-George

A mammoth 49 song post-post-modern riot of sound

Albums of the Year 2020: Joensuu 1685 - ÖB

Kieron Tyler

The welcome return of Finland’s spiritual explorers

Albums of the Year 2020: AC/DC - Power Up

Russ Coffey

Was classic rock the best escape from the 2020 blues?

Albums of the Year 2020: Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter

Katie Colombus

A strangely prophetic yet comforting album for our times

Blu-ray: Visual Acoustics

Tom Birchenough

'The Modernism of Julius Shulman' salutes an eminent American architectural photographer

Albums of the Year 2020: Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Making space for the things we don't talk about in quarantine times

Blu-ray: Short Sharp Shocks

Graham Rickson

Entertaining but patchy collection of macabre British shorts

Blu-ray: Polytechnique

Graham Fuller

Denis Villeneuve's depiction of the 1989 femicide in Montreal gives no quarter

Albums of the Year 2020: Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways

Tim Cumming

Dylan pulls out the stops for this late-period masterpiece

Blu-ray: Crash

Demetrios Matheou

Cronenberg's controversial collision of cars and sex retains its power to provoke

Albums of the Year 2020: Songhoy Blues - Optimisme

Guy Oddy

Mali’s unlikely musical superstars speak truth to power while moving hips and feet

Albums of the Year 2020: Cleo Sol - Rose in the Dark

Joe Muggs

A luminous highlight of a Brit soul renaissance

Albums of the Year 2020: Marius Neset – Tributes

Sebastian Scotney

The Norwegian saxophonist finds reasons to be cheerful

Albums of the Year 2020: Melt Yourself Down - 100% Yes

Thomas H Green

The music that kept spirits raised during the year of you-know-what

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