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New releases on CD & DVD

DVD/Blu-ray: Journey to the Beginning of Time

Graham Rickson

Karel Zeman’s Invention for Destruction and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen are dizzying romps, whereas his earlier Journey to the Beginning of Time, made in 1955, is disarmingly straightfor

CD: Aziza Brahim - Sahari

Howard Male

Last month this Western Saharan singer-songwriter stood on stage at London’s Jazz Café and turned the venue into a hallowed holy space with just her voice and the rhythm she summoned from her tabal drum.

CD: Ronnie Wood - Mad Lad

Tim Cumming

There’s plenty going on in Ronnie Wood’s world, with Mike Figgis’ feature documentary, Somebody Up There Likes Me, a mini tour with his band The Wild...

CD: The Script - Sunsets & Full Moons

Thomas H Green

Massively successful Irish trio The Script could, loosely speaking, be called a rock band. But they aren’t really, are they? Their sixth album is an...

CD: Pumarosa - Devastation

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Pumarosa picked the perfect time of year to launch their second album into the world: its skittish drums, claustrophobic melodies and haunted vocals...

CD: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

Nick Hasted

Songs of blazing, redemptive faith follow grief for the torn open Cave

CD: fka twigs – mary magdalene

Kathryn Reilly

Intensely emotional lyrics matched by experimental production

CD: Land of Kush - Sand Enigma

Guy Oddy

Eclectic mash up paints a fascinating sound collage of modern Cairo

CD: Jeff Lynne's ELO - From Out of Nowhere

Nick Hasted

More of the same from Mr Blue Sky

CD: Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

Liz Thomson

An all-star band to make us happy

Blu-ray: Fuller at Fox

Mark Kidel

Pulp movies with class

CD: Underworld - DRIFT Series 1

Guy Oddy

UK pioneering technoheads return with some fiery dancefloor fodder

CD: Harry Connick Jr - True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter

Peter Quinn

The New Orleans native delivers a striking songbook

CD: Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

Thomas H Green

Third album from Brit-Ugandan singer has the verve to become one of the year's major hits

CD: James Blunt - Once Upon a Mind

Russ Coffey

The affable ex-army officer is back with more MOR angst

DVD/Blu-ray: Legend of the Witches & Secret Rites

Graham Fuller

Modish early '70s documentaries about Wicca were aimed at the dirty mac brigade

CD: Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Colorado

Nick Hasted

Friendships fade and the planet burns, but the Horse plough on

CD: PJ Harvey - All About Eve (Original Music)

Mark Kidel

Moody soundscapes from West End play

CD: Allah-Las - LAHS

Kieron Tyler

Underwhelming fourth album from the previously sprightly Los Angeles quartet

CD: Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2

Mark Kidel

Intelligent pop with poetry and heart

CD: James Arthur - You

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Pop delinquent grows up on extended third album

CD: Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody's Knocking

Kieron Tyler

The growling auteur continues his purple period with an album of winningly dark pop

CD: Jacques Greene - Dawn Chorus

Thomas H Green

Housey electronic suite from Toronto producer is gently alluring

CD: Elbow - Giants of All Sizes

Nick Hasted

Brutal times put Guy Garvey at bay

CD: Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel

Guy Oddy

Adrenalin-soaked wild abandon from the bass and drum duo

DVD: Do Not Adjust Your Set / At Last The 1948 Show

Graham Rickson

What the Pythons did first: the remnants of two iconic 1960s shows, restored with respect

CD: Babymetal - Metal Galaxy

Katie Colombus

Heavy metal meets cutesy Kawaii in an incongruous and deeply baffling blend

CD: 808 State - Transmission Suite

Thomas H Green

First album in 17 years from Mancunian electronic innovators is an engaging retro-futurist ear-journey

CD: Mika - My Name is Michael Holbrook

Joe Muggs

The arch ostentatiousness and grandiosity of Mika's pop are all still intact


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