thu 23/05/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Morrissey - California Son

Thomas H Green

Unfortunately, it’s now reached the point where it’s impossible to mention Morrissey without politics overshadowing music. His recent wearing of a For Britain Party lapel pin on US TV is only the latest in a catalogue of public stances that seem to indicate he’s a fan of the far right.

CD: Honeyblood - In Plain Sight

Lisa-Marie Ferla

At its best, the music of Glasgow band Honeyblood often sounded like a girl gang you weren’t cool enough to be a part of - making the news that singer-guitarist Stina Tweeddale had split with drummer Cat Myers and recast the name as that of a solo project an intriguing prospect.

Blu-ray: The Woman in the Window

Graham Fuller

The Woman in the Window (1944) was the first of the two riveting film noirs in which Fritz Lang directed Edward G Robinson as a timid New York...

CD: Sting - My Songs

Russ Coffey

Some say that every successful rock star's career can be divided into three phases. First comes the youthful exuberance. Next, there's mature...

CD: Flying Lotus - Flamagra

Joe Muggs

It's five years since Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus released an album, and it's not entirely clear how far he's moved creatively. To be fair he's...

CD: The Waterboys - Where the Action Is

Guy Oddy

Mike Scott muses on his youthful musical, literary and geographical influences

DVD/Blu-ray: Maurice

Tom Birchenough

Merchant Ivory's celebrated EM Forster adaptation hits home with new maturity

CD: Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

Joe Muggs

The Canadian global cult pop star lets her songs breathe

CD: Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Minneapolis singer-rapper offers up the self-love album of the summer

DVD/Blu-ray: November

Graham Rickson

Dark Estonian fairy tale, visually delightful but short on scares

CD: Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent

Thomas H Green

Debut that reaches achieves a whole new level of endless morose heartbreak

CD: K-X-P - IV

Kieron Tyler

Wilful Finnish response to the challenge set by musical technology

CD: Imperial Wax - Gastwerk Saboteurs

Guy Oddy

Ex-Fall guys prove themselves to be no mere sidesmen

CD: Whitesnake - Flesh & Blood

Thomas H Green

David Coverdale's heavy rock troopers return with a mixed offering

CD: Holly Herndon - PROTO

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Third album finds composer asking: can AI make art?

Blu-ray: The Big Clock

Graham Rickson

Brilliantly constructed comedy noir, ripe for rediscovery

CD: Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells

Asya Draganova

Jazz for the body and soul

CD: Clinic – Wheeltappers and Shunters

Barney Harsent

The Liverpudlian post-punk outfit's return is stuffed full of ideas and imagination

CD: Eliza Carthy - Restitute

Thomas H Green

Stark and conceptual new outing for British folk perennial

Blu-ray: Everybody in Our Family

Graham Rickson

Bitter but enthralling family drama from the Romanian New Wave

CD: Leo Sayer - Selfie

Thomas H Green

Seventies superstar's self-produced latest fails to ignite

CD: Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

Owen Richards

Art school indie darlings lose a member but find new depths

Blu-ray: Khrustalyov, My Car!

Tom Birchenough

Alexei German’s 1998 phantasmagoria strikes at the heart of the Stalinist horror

CD: Editors – The Blanck Mass Sessions

Barney Harsent

An interesting collaboration plays it surprisingly safe

CD: Amon Amarth - Berserker

Thomas H Green

Successful Swedish metallers dipped deep in Norse mythology deliver an entertaining ride

Blu-ray: Ikarie XB 1

Graham Rickson

Impressive restoration of a cerebral 1960s Czech space opera

CD: Kornél Kovács - Stockholm Marathon

Joe Muggs

Tropical house taken to Sweden and made interesting

CD: P!nk - Hurts 2B Human

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Idiosyncratic pop star plays with genres on eighth album

CD: Bad Religion - Age of Unreason

Guy Oddy

Melodic hardcore punk for the Age of President Tiny Hands

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