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New releases on CD & DVD

Blu-ray: The Woman in the Window

Graham Fuller

The Woman in the Window (1944) was the first of the two riveting film noirs in which Fritz Lang directed Edward G Robinson as a timid New York bourgeois, Joan Bennett as the alluring woman ill-met on a street, and Dan

CD: Sting - My Songs

Russ Coffey

Some say that every successful rock star's career can be divided into three phases. First comes the youthful exuberance. Next, there's mature experimentation. Finally, the artist goes back over everything he's done. That's where Sting is now.

CD: Flying Lotus - Flamagra

Joe Muggs

It's five years since Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus released an album, and it's not entirely clear how far he's moved creatively. To be fair he's...

CD: The Waterboys - Where the Action Is

Guy Oddy

Mike Scott has never been afraid to call on high-brow literary influences in his songwriting – 2011’s An Appointment With Mr Yeats album being the...

DVD/Blu-ray: Maurice

Tom Birchenough

“Publishable, but worth it?” EM Forster’s hesitations about the value of Maurice, his novel of Edwardian homosexuality – written in 1913-14, it was...

CD: Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

Joe Muggs

The Canadian global cult pop star lets her songs breathe

CD: Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Minneapolis singer-rapper offers up the self-love album of the summer

DVD/Blu-ray: November

Graham Rickson

Dark Estonian fairy tale, visually delightful but short on scares

CD: Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent

Thomas H Green

Debut that reaches achieves a whole new level of endless morose heartbreak

CD: K-X-P - IV

Kieron Tyler

Wilful Finnish response to the challenge set by musical technology

CD: Imperial Wax - Gastwerk Saboteurs

Guy Oddy

Ex-Fall guys prove themselves to be no mere sidesmen

CD: Whitesnake - Flesh & Blood

Thomas H Green

David Coverdale's heavy rock troopers return with a mixed offering

CD: Holly Herndon - PROTO

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Third album finds composer asking: can AI make art?

Blu-ray: The Big Clock

Graham Rickson

Brilliantly constructed comedy noir, ripe for rediscovery

CD: Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells

Asya Draganova

Jazz for the body and soul

CD: Clinic – Wheeltappers and Shunters

Barney Harsent

The Liverpudlian post-punk outfit's return is stuffed full of ideas and imagination

CD: Eliza Carthy - Restitute

Thomas H Green

Stark and conceptual new outing for British folk perennial

Blu-ray: Everybody in Our Family

Graham Rickson

Bitter but enthralling family drama from the Romanian New Wave

CD: Leo Sayer - Selfie

Thomas H Green

Seventies superstar's self-produced latest fails to ignite

CD: Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride

Owen Richards

Art school indie darlings lose a member but find new depths

Blu-ray: Khrustalyov, My Car!

Tom Birchenough

Alexei German’s 1998 phantasmagoria strikes at the heart of the Stalinist horror

CD: Editors – The Blanck Mass Sessions

Barney Harsent

An interesting collaboration plays it surprisingly safe

CD: Amon Amarth - Berserker

Thomas H Green

Successful Swedish metallers dipped deep in Norse mythology deliver an entertaining ride

Blu-ray: Ikarie XB 1

Graham Rickson

Impressive restoration of a cerebral 1960s Czech space opera

CD: Kornél Kovács - Stockholm Marathon

Joe Muggs

Tropical house taken to Sweden and made interesting

CD: P!nk - Hurts 2B Human

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Idiosyncratic pop star plays with genres on eighth album

CD: Bad Religion - Age of Unreason

Guy Oddy

Melodic hardcore punk for the Age of President Tiny Hands

DVD/Blu-ray: Pet Shop Boys - Inner Sanctum

Thomas H Green

Royal Opera House concert film is lively but primarily for hardcore fans

DVD: The House by the Sea

Tom Birchenough

Chekhovian motifs abound in wistful French drama of family readjustments


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