thu 20/09/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Prince - Piano and a Microphone 1983

Joe Muggs

Knowing a deceased artist's archives are available for re-release is a double edged sword. Wil there be a shoddy flood of any and every old bit of tat a la Jimi Hendrix? Will there be half-arsed, half-finished and even fake songs bodged together by trashy but popular modern dance remixers like Michael Jackson? Will the vaults just stay infuriatingly locked? With the impossibly prolific, but often self-indulgent Prince, it is doubly worrying: who has the rights?

CD: Christine and the Queens - Chris

Katie Colombus

Christine has become Chris. The singer has struck out part of her name to gain a part of her identity – a gesture that quivers around words like transgender, sexuality, androgyny, queer.

DVD: Mario

Tom Birchenough

Swiss director Marcel Gisler’s film tells a story that is hardly new – but neither, sadly, is it old, as in about a thing of the past. That...

CD: Malcolm Middleton - Bananas

Thomas H Green

Bananas is Malcolm Middleton’s first solo album to be built around guitar, bass, drums and all that stuff since 2009’s gorgeous Waxing Gibbous. Like...

CD: Glen Matlock - Good To Go

Kieron Tyler

Although he’s regularly performed it live, hearing the studio version of Glen Matlock’s take on Scott Walker’s “Montague Terrace (in Blue)” is a jolt...

CD: Hawkwind - Road to Utopia

Joe Muggs

The grizzled, grimey drug-rockers get an easy-listening makeover with somewhat surprising results

Blu-ray: My Man Godfrey

Thomas H Green

One of Hollywood's greatest screwball comedies is as lively and hilarious - and pertinent - as ever

CD: Paul Weller – True Meanings

Barney Harsent

The Changing Man returns with an album of quietly wonderful surprises

CD: Loudon Wainwright III - Years in the Making

Mark Kidel

Intimate treasures from a long career in song

DVD/Blu-ray: The Producers

Graham Rickson

Mel Brooks' breakthrough hits the half-century, still blissfully funny

CD: Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers

Tim Cumming

RT's white-water ride down a new river of song

DVD/Blu-ray: Redoubtable

Tom Birchenough

The trouble with Jean-Luc... Michel Hazanavicius’ mischievous riff on Godard and 1968

CD: Willie Nelson - My Way

Thomas H Green

Sinatra standards delivered with unforced ease by the country don

CD: Orbital - Monsters Exist

Guy Oddy

The first album of the third coming of the Hartnoll brothers hits the right spot

CD: Paul McCartney - Egypt Station

Tim Cumming

All aboard for some late, great new tunes from Macca

CD: Kandace Springs - Indigo

Matthew Wright

A nice voice in search of an artistic vision

DVD: Mary Shelley

Tom Birchenough

Quill pens and poetry voice-over: a remarkable life told with remarkable lack of originality

CD: Waxahatchee - Great Thunder EP

Jo Southerd

Brave solo offering, full of intimacy and warmth

CD: Teksti-TV 666 - Aidattu Tulevaisuus

Kieron Tyler

Intense, inventive and impactful Finnish reimagining of familiar touchstones

CD: Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt

Guy Oddy

Jason Pierce returns with more songs of heartbreak and redemption

CD: Many Angled Ones - Suicide: Songs of Alan Vega and Martin Rev

Thomas H Green

Collection of Suicide cover versions that has abrasive rock'n'techno bite

CD: IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance

Javi Fedrick

Bristol five-piece tear toxic masculinity a new one in searing second album

CD: Paul Simon - In The Blue Light

Thomas H Green

As he winds down his career the master songwriter takes a look back

Blu-ray: A Gentle Creature

Tom Birchenough

Descent into hell: Sergei Loznitsa’s vivisection of Russia, past and present

CD: Madeleine Peyroux - Anthem

Mark Kidel

Sensual vocals hit the spot

CD: Anna Calvi - Hunter

Joe Muggs

Huge accomplishments on Calvi's third album, but has she left room for quirks?

CD: Mogwai - KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Barney Harsent

The Scottish post-rock group continues an impressive run of form

DVD/Blu-ray: Black Peter

Tom Birchenough

Affection and a sense of the absurd mark Miloš Forman's winning feature debut

CD: Interpol - Marauder

Javi Fedrick

New York’s goth princes sway between indie-pop and urgency on their sixth album

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