sat 23/02/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Royal Trux - White Stuff

Joe Muggs

It's 18 years since the last Royal Trux album, but it might just as well be 18 months, so easily have they slipped back into their sound. OK, Neil Hegarty and Jennifer Herera have been gigging together again on and off since 2015, but even so it's quite astonishing how natural this record sounds. But then again, the Royal Trux sound was always something that sounded more like a channelling of something elemental than anything composed or contrived.

DVD: The Guilty

Saskia Baron

It’s another night in an emergency services dispatch room in Copenhagen. Policeman Asger Holm has been taken off active patrol pending a conduct investigation and is stuck on the phones. Drunks, druggies, posh blokes complaining of being mugged in the red light district, he’s pretty brutal with these time-wasters.

DVD/Blu-ray: Dawson City - Frozen Time

Tom Birchenough

Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time is an intoxicating cinematic collage-compilation that embraces social history – in microcosm, via its story...

CD: John Mayall - Nobody Told Me

Mark Kidel

John Mayall is not just the dean of British blues fans, but he has done as much for the genre as anyone else around, from his early promotion of...

CD: Susanna & The Brotherhood of Our Lady -...

Kieron Tyler

Lyrics such as “are we hunting for life among misery, Satan have pity on my long distress” and “we’re on a ship of fools, sails laughing and singing...

CD: Du Blonde - Lung Bread for Daddy

Guy Oddy

Beth Jeans Houghton gets some rotten relationships out of her system

CD: Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water

Katie Colombus

One strong song, but elsewhere the sound doesn't seem to have evolved

DVD: Tides

Graham Fuller

This beautifully shot boating-trip film needs bailing out with a bit of drama

CD: Chaka Khan - Hello Happiness

Guy Oddy

The Queen of Funk gets down with her latest comeback

CD: Ladytron - Ladytron

Thomas H Green

Sterling and noisy comeback from Brit electro-pop dons

DVD/Blu-ray: Human Desire

Saskia Baron

Fritz Lang catches the noir train, a little late behind Zola and Renoir

CD: Ariana Grande - thank u, next

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Princess of pop bares her soul on hastily-dropped breakup album

CD: LCD Soundsystem – Electric Lady Sessions

Barney Harsent

James Murphy's post-punk disco outfit breathe new life into old favourites

CD: Kel Assouf - Black Tenere

Mark Kidel

Saharan fire burns but a little too relentlessly

CD: Leyla McCalla - The Capitalist Blues

Howard Male

A fully engaging third album that could have been too diverse for its own good

CD: Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

Kieron Tyler

Tribute to a Sixties masterpiece evokes the band's own classic album ‘Deserter's Songs’

Blu-ray: Diamonds of the Night

Graham Rickson

Jan Němec’s existential Czech New Wave thriller is visceral viewing

CD: Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere

Russ Coffey

The cranky Californian is back with his best album yet

CD: Ian Brown - Ripples

Guy Oddy

King Monkey makes a fine return to the fray

CD: The Specials - Encore

Thomas H Green

Neither awful, nor amazing, the ska icons' long-awaited comeback has its moments

DVD/Blu-ray: Rosa Luxemburg

Tom Birchenough

Personal and political worlds fuse in Margarethe von Trotta's heady revolutionary biopic

CD: MONO - Nowhere Now Here

Guy Oddy

Post-rock veterans ring the changes on their 10th album - but only marginal ones

Blu-ray: De Niro & De Palma - The Early Films

Thomas H Green

Sometimes intriguing pre-fame 1960s work of two Hollywood giants

CD: Girlpool - What Chaos Is Imaginary

Lisa-Marie Ferla

LA duo's musical world expands still further

CD: Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

Jo Southerd

Returning album blossoms with high emotion and hypnotic glimmer

CD: James Blake - Assume Form

Katie Colombus

Figurehead of blubstep grows up

CD: Que Vola - Que Vola

Thomas H Green

French-Cuban Afro-jazz mission that exudes originality and energy

CD: Trevor Horn – Trevor Horn Reimagines the Eighties (feat. The Sarm Orchestra)

Barney Harsent

The producer covers hits with strings and gets in a terrible mess

CD: Backstreet Boys - DNA

Ellie Porter

The gazillion-selling pop survivors are, you've guessed it, back again

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