thu 24/05/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Snow Patrol - Wildness

Russ Coffey

Few bands divide opinion quite like Snow Patrol. Their fans see their slow anthems as intense, cathartic friends. Others - myself included - consider their music to be a kind of insidious, dreary presence. As Nicky Wire (of the Manics) once put it, "the same drab little thing, over and over". Wildness, their first album in seven years, is being billed as being something different - a little more passionate, with a lighter touch.According to the band, the shift in musical direction is down to...

CD: Chvrches - Love Is Dead

Owen Richards

When bands move to the US, some find themselves drawn into the commercial machine; when Scottish band Chvrches crossed the Atlantic, they were targeting direct assimilation from the start. Recorded with mega-producer Greg Kurstin, the band are aiming to be more direct than ever; perhaps a wise move considering they’ve always leaned heavily on the pop side of electro.

DVD/Blu-ray: Coco

Graham Rickson

The brightness and colour are deceptive; at its heart, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina’s Coco is an affecting reflection on death, remembrance and the...

CD: Gretchen Peters - Dancing with the Beast

Liz Thomson

Gretchen Peters arrived in Nashville in the late eighties from Bronxville, New York, where she was born, and Boulder, Colorado, where she grew up....

CD: Caroline Rose - Loner

Kieron Tyler

Loner’s opening track “More of the Same” lyrically tracks being at a party where “everyone’s well dressed with a perfect body and they all have...

CD: Judith Owen - redisCOVERed

Thomas H Green

Admirably improbable set of cover versions is only partly successful

DVD/Blu-ray: The Post

Nick Hasted

Streep, Hanks and Spielberg back the press at their best

CD: Hailey Tuck - Junk

Thomas H Green

Jazz-pop newbie proves easy going but likeable

CD: Ray LaMontagne - Part of the Light

Mark Kidel

Music for romantics that rocks as well as lulls

DVD: All the Money in the World

Jasper Rees

All in the family: Christopher Plummer refuses to pay Charlie Plummer's kidnap ransom in Ridley Scott's Getty drama

Blu-ray/DVD: Neon Bull

Tom Birchenough

Rough but sensual, an enthralling immersion in Brazil's rodeo world

CD: Brad Mehldau Trio - Seymour Reads the Constitution!

Matthew Wright

Prolific improvising pianist creates the apotheosis of the piano trio

CD: Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Thomas H Green

Indie guitar heroes head into completely new terrain with fine results

CD: Ryley Walker - Deafman Glance

Kieron Tyler

Far-out and fractured fifth album from the idiosyncratic Chicago dweller

CD: Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son

Mark Kidel

Stunning blast of stirring gospel and politics

CD: Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Guy Oddy

Australian slacker queen’s star continues to rise

DVD: The Ice King

Tom Birchenough

The pioneering talent and complicated life of skater John Curry

CD: RSO - Radio Free America

Guy Oddy

Ex-Bon Jovi guitarist and Alice Cooper’s present guitar-slinger celebrate their relationship in song

CD: Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations

Barney Harsent

Humanity and machinery blend beautifully on the producers' latest offering

CD: Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard - Perfectly Unhappy

Kieron Tyler

Intermittently striking union of Norwegian jazz combo and British saxophonist

CD: Jon Hopkins - Singularity

Mark Kidel

Dazzling rollercoaster of an inner journey

CD: Gaz Coombes - World's Strongest Man

Javi Fedrick

Supergrass frontman goes from strength to strength in his third solo effort

DVD: 50 Years Legal

Tom Birchenough

Simon Napier-Bell's moving survey of a gay half-century, presented with rapid-fire acuity

CD: Plan B - Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose

Thomas H Green

Explosively enjoyable return by Brit hip hop soul star after a half decade away

CD: Confusion Master - Awaken

Guy Oddy

German metal-heads unapologetically worship at the shrine of Black Sabbath

CD: Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer

Howard Male

The Kansas pop futurist discovers her own inner Rihanna

DVD/Blu-ray: They Came to a City

Graham Rickson

A Priestley experience - stagey but fascinating wartime social fantasy

CD: Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco - You're Driving Me Crazy

Mark Kidel

The Irish soulman sings jazz

CD: Blossoms - Cool Like You

Thomas H Green

Second album from rising five-piece successfully hones their synth-pop credentials


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