fri 12/04/2024

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Maggie Rogers - Don't Forget Me

Tom Carr

For the past almost two years, Maggie Rogers has taken an unexpectedly special place in my heart and musical tastes. Upon reviewing her previous album, Surrender, because of the difference in style and sound to my usual tastes I was caught completely off guard.

Album: Lizz Wright - Shadow

Mark Kidel

Lizz Wright has established herself, over a number of steadfastly excellent albums, as one of the very best vocalists of her generation.

Album: Shabaka - Perceive its Beauty, Acknowledge...

Sebastian Scotney

Gal Beckerman’s 2023 book The Quiet Before makes a plea that if ideas, revolutionary or otherwise, are to grow, there needs to be a retreat from...

Blu-ray: Happy End (Šťastný konec)

Graham Rickson

Happy End’s big draw is its central conceit, that of a convicted murderer narrating his life story backwards from the guillotine to the cradle. Made...

Album: Nia Archives - Silence is Loud

Joe Muggs

At 24, Bradfordian Nia Archives has already clearly marked out her musical territory.While many of her Gen Z contemporaries have embraced the rave,...

Album: Fabiana Palladino - Fabiana Palladino

Harry Thorfinn-George

A remarkably sleek and sophisticated debut

Album: Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties - In Lieu of Flowers

Ellie Roberts

Aaron West’s carefully crafted next chapter is storytelling at its finest

Album: Khruangbin - A LA SALA

Joe Muggs

Same old same old, and all the better for it

Album: The Black Keys - Ohio Players

Tom Carr

A safe, contained album from a band that made its mark with searing blues rock

Album: The Libertines - All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade

Tim Cumming

The riotous spirits of the Noughties mellow into a surprising maturity

Album: Beyoncé - Cowboy Carter

Mark Kidel

So much more than an Country album

Album: Anoushka Shankar - Chapter II: How Dark It Is Before Dawn

Liz Thomson

A sonic journey through space and time

Album: Jane Weaver - Love In Constant Spectacle

Kieron Tyler

The most welcoming album to date from Greater Manchester’s musical individualist

Album: Ride - Interplay

Joe Muggs

Oxford indie kings not only on form, but breaking new ground

Album: Sum 41 - Heaven :x: Hell

Ellie Roberts

A bittersweet goodbye album from the Pop Punk legends

DVD/Blu-ray: Padre Pio

Nick Hasted

Shia LaBeouf stars in Abel Ferrara's latest grungy spiritual quest, earthed by landscape and politics

Album: Sheryl Crow - Evolution

Guy Oddy

The song remains pretty much the same for US soft rocker

Album: High Llamas - Hey Panda

Kieron Tyler

Former Microdisney mainstay Sean O’Hagan reshapes his music

Album: Waxahatchee - Tigers Blood

Cheri Amour

Soaked in Southern spirit, the Alabama-born songwriter embraces her country era

Album: The Jesus and Mary Chain - Glasgow Eyes

Joe Muggs

A remarkable Indian summer for East Kilbride's finest

Blu-ray: Beautiful Thing

Graham Rickson

Much-loved film adaptation of a classic 1990s play has aged well

Album: Elbow - Audio Vertigo

Kathryn Reilly

Another impressive release from the men not afraid to emote

Album: Julia Holter - Something in the Room She Moves

Mark Kidel

An adventure in dreams

Album: Kim Gordon - The Collective

Thomas H Green

Second album by ex-Sonic Youth-er and producer Justin Raisen maintains their jagged trajectory

Album: The Dandy Warhols - Rockmaker

Guy Oddy

Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s mob return with a power pop monster

Album: Sarah Jane Morris - The Sisterhood

Peter Quinn

A brilliant ode to female torchbearers

Album: Ariana Grande - Eternal Sunshine

Thomas H Green

Efficiently calibrated pop from the global megastar brand

Album: Bolis Pupul - Letter to Yu

Joe Muggs

A deep, strange, lovely electropop exploration of intersecting cultures

Album: Norah Jones - Visions

Sebastian Scotney

The 'musical signature' is there, but the songs are insubstantial

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