sat 04/04/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Pokey LaFarge, Rock Bottom Rhapsody - a gourmet gumbo

Liz Thomson

Talk about a great big melting pot! The eighth studio album by the man born 36 ago as Andrew Heissler in Bloomington, Indiana, and known to the world as Pokey LaFarge digs deep into the bubbling cauldron of Americana, in its very broadest sense.

Album: Ren Harvieu - Revel In The Drama

Kieron Tyler

Filmic. Lushness balanced with intimacy. Ren Harvieu’s follow-up to 2012’s Top Five Through The Night is crammed with wide-screen aural dramas. Take “Cruel Disguise”. It begins with a slinky Sixties spy thriller vibe along the Shirley Bassey lines and after a brief moment of contemplation evolves into a swirling drama evoking Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love me”.

Album: Purity Ring - Womb

Mark Kidel

Purity Ring, the Canadian duo, are purveyors of simple yet sophisticated dream pop. Corin Roddick makes synth tracks at one end of the country, while...

Album: Thundercat - It Is What It Is

Nick Hasted

Alongside the man he calls “the other half of my brain”, Flying Lotus, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner sits near the heart of Los Angeles’ fertile, genre...

DVD: The Street

Tom Birchenough

Zed Nelson brings enormous humanity to this portrait of the changing identity of Hackney’s Hoxton Street as gentrification impinges on its long-...

DVD: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol 2

Graham Rickson

More buried treasure from the CFF archive: a treat for young and old alike

Album: Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Joe Muggs

Lipa frees her inner disco diva, and the world is a better place for it

Album: Pearl Jam - Gigaton

Nick Hasted

Rock veterans face troubled times with embattled optimism

Album: Sufjan Stevens &. Lowell Brams - Aporia

Mark Kidel

Magical story-telling in sound

Album: Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A journey of sobriety and self-acceptance, by way of Memphis and New York

Blu-ray: Kansas City

Graham Fuller

Robert Altman's jazz-stoked 1930's homage to his hometown bares its violent underbelly

Album: Basia Bulat - Are You In Love?

Kieron Tyler

Uneven fifth studio set from the Canadian singer-songwriter

Blu-ray: Chained for Life

Graham Fuller

A welcome though never preachy satire for the age of narcissism

Album: Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us

Nick Hasted

Electro-R&B veterans are set adrift on memory bliss

Album: The Weeknd - After Hours

Thomas H Green

Fourth album from R&B superstar impresses after a slow start

Album: Morrissey - I Am Not a Dog on a Chain

Russ Coffey

Bigmouth alternates between petty indignation and true artistry

Album: Roger and Brian Eno - Mixing Colours

Tim Cumming

Absolute ambience from the pioneers of the form

DVD/Blu-ray: Beat the Devil

Graham Rickson

John Huston's indulgent curio returns, replete with starry cast

Album: The Chats - High Risk Behaviour

Barney Harsent

The Australian pop-punk trio's debut is short, sharp and shockingly good

Album: Shabaka & the Ancestors - We are Sent Here by History

Joe Muggs

Spiritual and political struggle and aspiration from the Londoner's South African ensemble

Album: Deap Lips - Deap Lips

Guy Oddy

Psychedelic electro-pop collaboration fails to really hit the spot

DVD/Blu-ray: Last Holiday

Graham Rickson

Alec Guinness shines in underappreciated black comedy

Album: Maria McKee - La Vita Nuova

Nick Hasted

The corrupted country-punk behind 'Show Me Heaven' is radically reborn

Album: The Boomtown Rats - Citizens of Boomtown

Thomas H Green

Bob Geldof's gang reconvene for a wildly unlikely and mostly enjoyable ride

Album: Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers

Barney Harsent

The singer turns storyteller with a collection of skilfully drawn vignettes

Album: Moby - All Visible Objects

Thomas H Green

US electronic dance perennial takes a rare stumble with his bombastic latest

DVD/Blu-ray: Raining in the Mountain

Mark Kidel

Leaping warriors fly through monastery

Album: Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Manchester Calling

Nick Hasted

Heaton scabrously mourns the greed-mutilated North, but finds pride in disappointment

Blu-ray: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Graham Rickson

Blood-drenched Czech fairytale, still startling 50 years on

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