sun 17/11/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Iguana Death Cult - Nude Casino

Kieron Tyler

The contemporary context of the Netherlands’s Iguana Death Cult is clear. Their blues-edged garage rock exists in a continuum encompassing Amyl and The Sniffers, The Chats, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Oh Sees.

CD: Lady Antebellum - Ocean

Nick Hasted

Lady Antebellum have stayed in the mainstream country world Taylor Swift forded to full pop stardom.

CD: Celine Dion - Courage

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Of 2019’s pop culture phenomena, the critical reappraisal of Céline Dion as an international treasure is one of the most delightful. It’s been six...

CD: DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age

Mark Kidel

DJ Shadow, made famous in 1996 With Endtroducing…, an album made entirely of samples, and the originator of a sound that was described as "trip-...

DVD/Blu-ray: Journey to the Beginning of Time

Graham Rickson

Karel Zeman’s Invention for Destruction and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen are dizzying romps, whereas his earlier Journey to the Beginning of Time,...

CD: Aziza Brahim - Sahari

Howard Male

A feminine take on desert rock from the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria

CD: Ronnie Wood - Mad Lad

Tim Cumming

Chuck Berry classics get the Ronnie Wood touch

CD: The Script - Sunsets & Full Moons

Thomas H Green

Bombastic, saccharine-soaked vulnerability-pop from Irish superstar band

CD: Pumarosa - Devastation

Lisa-Marie Ferla

London trio get personal on weird and wonderful second album

CD: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

Nick Hasted

Songs of blazing, redemptive faith follow grief for the torn open Cave

CD: fka twigs – mary magdalene

Kathryn Reilly

Intensely emotional lyrics matched by experimental production

CD: Land of Kush - Sand Enigma

Guy Oddy

Eclectic mash up paints a fascinating sound collage of modern Cairo

CD: Jeff Lynne's ELO - From Out of Nowhere

Nick Hasted

More of the same from Mr Blue Sky

CD: Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Liz Thomson

An all-star band to make us happy

Blu-ray: Fuller at Fox

Mark Kidel

Pulp movies with class

CD: Underworld - DRIFT Series 1

Guy Oddy

UK pioneering technoheads return with some fiery dancefloor fodder

CD: Harry Connick Jr - True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter

Peter Quinn

The New Orleans native delivers a striking songbook

CD: Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

Thomas H Green

Third album from Brit-Ugandan singer has the verve to become one of the year's major hits

CD: James Blunt - Once Upon a Mind

Russ Coffey

The affable ex-army officer is back with more MOR angst

DVD/Blu-ray: Legend of the Witches & Secret Rites

Graham Fuller

Modish early '70s documentaries about Wicca were aimed at the dirty mac brigade

CD: Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Colorado

Nick Hasted

Friendships fade and the planet burns, but the Horse plough on

CD: PJ Harvey - All About Eve (Original Music)

Mark Kidel

Moody soundscapes from West End play

CD: Allah-Las - LAHS

Kieron Tyler

Underwhelming fourth album from the previously sprightly Los Angeles quartet

CD: Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2

Mark Kidel

Intelligent pop with poetry and heart

CD: James Arthur - You

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Pop delinquent grows up on extended third album

CD: Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody's Knocking

Kieron Tyler

The growling auteur continues his purple period with an album of winningly dark pop

CD: Jacques Greene - Dawn Chorus

Thomas H Green

Housey electronic suite from Toronto producer is gently alluring

CD: Elbow - Giants of All Sizes

Nick Hasted

Brutal times put Guy Garvey at bay

CD: Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel

Guy Oddy

Adrenalin-soaked wild abandon from the bass and drum duo

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