fri 23/03/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Daphne & Celeste - Daphne & Celeste Save the World

Thomas H Green

The last we heard of US duo Daphne & Celeste was 18 years ago, when they made their name with three hits, notably the nursery rhyme, playground chant bitch-offs “U.G.L.Y.” and “Ohh Stick You”. They famously performed under a hail of bottles at Reading Festival 2000, then disappeared, going on to peripheral film acting careers. Max Tundra, an alt-tronic artist who’s released on vanguard labels such as Warp and Domino, now engineers a comeback for this Millennial, tween-pop pairing. On paper...

CD: Baloji - 137 Avenue Kaniama

Joe Muggs

The death of “world music” is a wonderfully reassuring thing. That is to say, with every year that passes, it becomes less and less possible for media and consumers to bracket together music from outside the US and Europe as a single thing, and easier and easier for us to understand specific talents and currents within global culture for what they are. Obviously the fact I need to even say this means there's a good way to go.

CD: Jack White – Boarding House Reach

Barney Harsent

Jack White isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Whether it’s launching a record player into space to play Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn”, or...

DVD: Glory

Tom Birchenough

The Bulgarian co-directing duo of Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov proved their skill with the scalpel in slicing through the unforgiving world...

CD: The Vaccines - Combat Sports

Thomas H Green

Three years ago The Vaccines’ last album, English Graffiti, received a mixed response. It appeared to be a stab at moving sideways from the previous...

CD: Bon Voyage Organization - Jungle? Quelle Jungle?

Kieron Tyler

Clever but detached Gallic tribute to Seventies glossiness

CD: Don McLean - Botanical Gardens

Liz Thomson

A most unstarry night

Blu-ray: Henri-Georges Clouzot - Le Corbeau, Quai des Orfèvres, La Prisonnière

Mark Kidel

Striking trio from the French master of eroticism and violence

CD: Alexandra Burke - The Truth Is

Katie Colombus

Predictable power ballad pop from a former X-Factor star

CD: Kim Wilde - Here Come the Aliens

Thomas H Green

The Eighties star blasts back to planet pop on a space capsule of polished frothiness

DVD/Blu-ray: Shiraz

Tom Birchenough

Glorious Indian silent film restored, with sublime sitar score from Anoushka Shankar

CD: The Gloaming - Live at The NHC

Tim Cumming

Masters of musical mesmerism hit their peak

CD: in analysis - mothers

Russ Coffey

An album of real-life stories celebrates Mother's Day

CD: Seun Kuti - Black Times

Howard Male

The song remains the same because the problems haven’t gone away...

CD: Erasure - World Beyond

Joe Muggs

The perennial pop duo's latest album re-arranged for chamber ensemble

DVD: Jupiter's Moons

Tom Birchenough

Hungarian sci-fi, philosophical medley proves a rough, rewarding ride

CD: Ministry - AmeriKKKant

Guy Oddy

Al Jourgensen’s anti-love letter to Donald J Trump

CD: Myles Kennedy - Year of the Tiger

Russ Coffey

The rocker from Spokane pens a good old-fashioned concept album

CD: Tracey Thorn - Record

Thomas H Green

Thorn's pin-sharp lyrics enrich nine songs of vibrant electronic pop

CD: David Byrne - American Utopia

Howard Male

Byrne’s first solo album in 14 years is a muscular and quirky return to form

DVD: Boy

David Kettle

Taika Waititi's second feature, a big-hearted coming-of-age comedy

CD: Gwenno - Le Kov

Barney Harsent

An assured and impressive album that celebrates difference within a common landscape

CD: The Breeders - All Nerve

Joe Muggs

Kim and Kelly Deal - plus reconciled bandmates - prove gloriously unaffected by time

Blu-ray: Orchestra Rehearsal

Graham Rickson

Bum notes: the final Fellini-Rota collaboration hasn't aged well

CD: Stephen Stills and Judy Collins - Everybody Knows

Liz Thomson

Stephen ♥ Judy = great music

CD: Niklas Paschburg - Oceanic

Joe Muggs

Peaceful neo-classical won't scare the horses, but who wants scared horses?

CD: Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind

Liz Thomson

No rust, but plenty of diamonds

DVD/Blu-ray: The Party

Owen Richards

Sally Potter’s deliciously dark comedy provides an hour of brilliance in 70 minutes

CD: Moby - Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt

Thomas H Green

US electronic music perennial makes the end times sound musically luscious


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