sun 26/01/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Squirrel Flower - I Was Born Swimming

Lisa-Marie Ferla

The first album from the Boston-bred songwriter Squirrel Flower opens and closes with autobiographical songs. “I-80” opens with the artist - real name Ella O’Connor Williams - giving up on lyrics, poetry and, later, giving up on love, its rootless melody channelling the road west to Iowa where Williams went to college before building to a relentless crescendo.

Album: Black Lips - Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart

Guy Oddy

Since first getting together at the fag end of the 20th century, Black Lips have largely played the role of garage rockers with a hint of country and western about them. The songs on their latest album, however, turns their schtick somewhat on its head.

Blu-ray: Night Tide

Mark Kidel

Dennis Hopper’s first starring role, in Night Tide from 1961, as a naïve but curious young sailor bewitched by a siren, offers a strange mirror to...

Album: Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot

Nick Hasted

Remembrance of clubs past motivates Neil Tennant at 65. The melancholy and wit which gave ambiguity and amused bite to the Pet Shop Boy’s pop pomp...

Album: Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By

Nick Hasted

The middle-aged rap master of provocation has survived into an era of hair-trigger outrage. The wearily dignified response of parents of the...

Album: Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

Liz Thomson

All grown up now, and back on their bikes

Album: Aoife Nessa Frances - Land of No Junction

Kieron Tyler

Irish newcomer’s translucent debut album is an early candidate for 2020’s best-of lists

DVD: The Cakemaker

Tom Birchenough

Israeli debut is a sensitive study of grief - and the joy of culinary creation

Album: Las Cobras - Selva

Guy Oddy

Dark, dreamlike psychedelia from Uruguay

Album: Gabrielle Aplin - Dear Happy

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Self-love soundtrack to a songwriter piecing herself back together

Album: Field Music - Making a New World

Kieron Tyler

Audacious concept album examining the still-extant ripples of World War One

Album: Electric Soft Parade - Stages

Thomas H Green

Brighton indie-psyche stalwarts offer a luscious, heart-rending exploration of grief

DVD/Blu-ray: The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

Tom Birchenough

Extraordinary 1987 documentary upends expectations of Japan - and of the genre itself

Albums of the Year 2019: Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

Russ Coffey

The Boss led a bumper year for veteran rockers

Albums of the Year 2019: Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury

Ellie Porter

Endlessly creative singer's fourth album is country, but not as we know it

Albums of the Year 2019: Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the Dance

Liz Thomson

The last magnificent testament of Leonard Norman Cohen

Albums of the Year 2019: Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

Katie Colombus

A sound reminiscent of days gone by but with a shoegazy sway that keeps it relevant

Albums of the Year 2019: Claire Martin - Believin’ It

Peter Quinn

Award-winning vocalist touches the heart and lifts the soul

Albums of the Year 2019: Seratones - Power

Howard Male

Heart, energy and some cracking good tunes from a new Louisiana band

Albums of the Year 2019: Nick Cave - Ghosteen

Mark Kidel

Beauty and soul out of suffering and darkness

Albums of the Year 2019: Mark Turner Meets Gary Foster

Sebastian Scotney

A remarkable concert from 2003, released in 2019

DVD/Blu-ray: Buddies

Tom Birchenough

The first feature to address evolving AIDS pandemic retains real laconic power

Albums of the Year 2019: Josienne Clarke – In All Weather

Tim Cumming

A perfect companion for the longer, darker nights of your year

Albums of the Year 2019: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

Asya Draganova

A place where anger meets sophistication

Albums of the Year 2019: Mega Bog - Dolphine

Kieron Tyler

Confirmation that Erin Birgy is ready for more than a cult audience

Albums of the Year 2019: Sault - 7

Barney Harsent

A punk-funk-soul one-two that leaves you dazed and delighted

Albums of the Year 2019: Terror Danjah - Invasion

Joe Muggs

One of grime's earliest production pioneers at the top of his game

Albums of the Year 2019: The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

Thomas H Green

Barnstorming album offers uplift during a year of terminal shoddiness

CD: Harry Styles - Fine Line

Owen Richards

Varied sophomore album mixes genuine treats with questionable lyrics


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