sun 24/06/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Ray Davies - Our Country: Americana Act II

Russ Coffey

When Ray Davies released his Americana LP last year, much was made of how the the ex-Kink's lyrical focus had shifted from English villages to the mid-western plains of the big old USA. Really, though, Davies was just looking back over his life. America had always loomed large in Kinks' songs - if only in the imagination of the English characters - and after their famous touring ban, they played there relentlessly. Our Country - Americana Act II, completes the story.As before,...

CD: Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears

Thomas H Green

Norwich is remote, out near the Norfolk Broads, doing its own thing on Britain’s eastern-most edge. It’s not renowned as a place that’s contributed much to rock and pop. This may be about to change.

DVD/Blu-ray: Let the Sunshine In

Markie Robson-Scott

Un beau soleil intérieur, the film’s French title, is part of a piece of advice given by a clairvoyant (Gérard Depardieu, in a surprise 15-minute...

CD: Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

Ellie Porter

Concluding a trilogy of releases that began with the EPs Not the Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017) – Bad Witch is being called an LP...

CD: Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

Matthew Wright

It would always be difficult to follow The Epic, the 2015 release which turned LA saxophonist Kamasi Washington from leader of the local scene to...

Blu-ray: Force of Evil

Mark Kidel

Abraham Polonsky’s 1948 film noir assaults the American Dream

CD: Jim James - Uniform Distortion

Kieron Tyler

My Morning Jacket man’s fourth solo album is his best so far

CD: Soulwax - Essential

Owen Richards

Belgian beat maestros return with a different approach

CD: The Orb - No Sounds Are Out of Bounds

Guy Oddy

The Ambient Dub Masters regroup with some old mates for some time travel

CD: Christina Aguilera - Liberation

Katie Colombus

A reflective yet conflicted album

CD: Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Jo Southerd

Long-awaited follow-up to 2012 debut is wonderfully weird prog-odyssey

DVD/Blu-ray: The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

Tom Birchenough

No particular place to go: refreshed soundtrack revives Wim Wenders's debut feature

CD: AMMAR 808 - Maghreb United

Mark Kidel

North African trance hits the spot

CD: Lykke Li - So Sad So Sexy

Joe Muggs

How does jettisoning her indie roots work for the Swedish popstrel?

CD: Black Sedan - Adventure Lit Their Star

Thomas H Green

Musical outing from polymath Mark Hodkinson proves a woozy, worthwhile listen

CD: Lily Allen - No Shame

Thomas H Green

Broken marriage vividly dissected under the microscope on the singer's fourth album

CD: Gruff Rhys - Babelsberg

Barney Harsent

The sometime Super Furry frontman heads for the apocalypse armed with hope and an amazing clutch of songs

CD: Wooden Shjips - V

Guy Oddy

San Franciscan psychedelicists lay down some sunny vibes

CD: Snail Mail - Lush

Jo Southerd

Sadness and shred in equal measure on Baltimore teen’s debut

DVD: Here to Be Heard - The Story of the Slits

Thomas H Green

Well-told documentary on Britain's groundbreaking female punk band

CD: Kanye - Ye

Joe Muggs

Suicidal ideation, greed, marital strife and paternal sexual obsessions as entertainment: just another day chez West

CD: Roger Daltrey - As Long as I Have You

Barney Harsent

The Who singer's latest outing proves utterly unessential

CD: LUMP – LUMP

Ellie Porter

Collaboration between Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of Tunng is a beautiful, odd little gift

Blu-ray: Intimate Lighting

Tom Birchenough

A very bearable slightness of being pervades Ivan Passer’s Czech feature debut

CD: Jennifer Warnes - Another Time, Another Place

Liz Thomson

Crossing musical boundaries

CD: Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

Joe Muggs

Globe-straddling experimentalist in bamboozlingly confident form

CD: Morcheeba - Blaze Away

Thomas H Green

Now a duo, the imperishable downtempo outfit come back with a convincing new set

CD: Snow Patrol - Wildness

Russ Coffey

Have the Northern Irish gloom-rockers developed a lighter touch?

CD: Chvrches - Love Is Dead

Owen Richards

Scotland’s electropop trio aim for full mainstream integration

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