mon 16/07/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Drake - Scorpion

Matthew Wright

This is Drake’s account of his astrological sign, the only one to be represented in multiple forms: an eagle and phoenix as well as the poisonous creepy-crawlie.

CD: Cowboy Junkies – All That Reckoning

Ellie Porter

This woozy, seductive slice of gothic Americana is the Canadian quartet’s first album in six years, a swampy follow-up to the icy, winter-inspired sounds of their last offering, The Wilderness. 

DVD: New Town Utopia

Graham Rickson

You come to Christopher Ian Smith’s New Town Utopia expecting a damning indictment of post-war British planning. But while there are melancholy...

CD: Lotic - Power

Joe Muggs

An extraordinary musical movement has been bubbling over from the far left field into the public consciousness in the last couple of years. A very...

DVD/Blu-ray: Woodfall - A Revolution in British...

Graham Fuller

Woodfall was the independent film production company responsible more than any other for launching and realising the British New Wave of the early...

CD: Rick Astley - Beautiful Life

Thomas H Green

Can our reviewer admit their true feelings for the latest from the squeaky-clean Eighties pop star?

CD: Dirty Projectors – Lamp Lit Prose

Owen Richards

Crisp and inventive production shine through a musical odyssey

CD: Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch - Époques

Kieron Tyler

Jarring juxtapositions on minimalist pianist-composer’s second album

CD: Laurel Halo - Raw Silk Uncut Wood

Joe Muggs

A small but perfectly formed example of the state of the ambient art

DVD: The Nile Hilton Incident

Owen Richards

A tale of murder and corruption on the eve of revolution

CD: Big Narstie - BDL Bipolar

Matthew Wright

Upcoming entertainment star with a colourful variety album

CD: Years & Years - Palo Santo

Thomas H Green

Second album from 2015's breakthrough pop stars shows no sign of quality slippage

Blu-ray: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Graham Rickson

Wes Anderson's undervalued piscine romp returns

CD: The Alarm - Equals

Russ Coffey

Hand-on-heart Eighties rockers return with their distinctive brand of anthemic rock

CD: DevilDriver - Outlaws 'Til the End Vol 1

Thomas H Green

Full pelt metal blitzkrieg on a bunch of country classics

DVD: Al Berto

Tom Birchenough

A poet emerges in the sensuous aftermath of Portugal's 1975 revolution

CD: Florence + the Machine - High As Hope

Guy Oddy

Florence Welch takes stock and reflects on family relationships

CD: Roo Panes - Quiet Man

Liz Thomson

Designer folk that tries too hard

CD: Gorillaz - The Now Now

Owen Richards

Damon Albarn moves front and centre in a surprisingly upbeat record

DVD: Mansfield 66/67

Thomas H Green

Snappy, trashy and enjoyable poke around the life and death of a Hollywood bombshell

CD: Beth Rowley - Gota Fría

Jo Southerd

Raw, intimate rebirth album with a generous helping of rock, blues and Americana

CD: Ray Davies - Our Country: Americana Act II

Russ Coffey

Ex-Kink takes us on another rip-roaring journey around the USA

CD: Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears

Thomas H Green

Second album from eccentric teenage Norfolk duo takes them intriguingly close to pop

DVD/Blu-ray: Let the Sunshine In

Markie Robson-Scott

Slim pickings in Paris: Claire Denis directs Juliette Binoche in a quest for the right man

CD: Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

Ellie Porter

Trent Reznor treads old ground in new, sober, boots

CD: Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

Matthew Wright

Uplifting, expansive spiritual jazz

Blu-ray: Force of Evil

Mark Kidel

Abraham Polonsky’s 1948 film noir assaults the American Dream

CD: Jim James - Uniform Distortion

Kieron Tyler

My Morning Jacket man’s fourth solo album is his best so far

CD: Soulwax - Essential

Owen Richards

Belgian beat maestros return with a different approach

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