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New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Mary Poppins Returns - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Thomas H Green

This is a soundtrack with vast shoes to fill. Frozen, The Lion King and Aladdin may be the best-selling Disney soundtracks but, alongside The Jungle Book, the original 1964 Mary Poppins has the most beloved array of songs.

CD: Jessie J - This Christmas Day

Jo Southerd

What makes a great Christmas song? There’s an alchemy to finding the winning combination of whimsy and humour, juxtaposed with a healthy slice of Christmas angst. This formula has led us to spin the same handful of pop bangers that endure down the decades, soundtracking generation after generation of tinsel and mince pies.

Eric Clapton - Happy Xmas

Russ Coffey

Christmas is traditionally that time of the year when cool rock-dudes like to come over all silly and tinselly. Not Eric Clapton. On this, ...

DVD: The Workshop

Tom Birchenough

Laurent Cantet’s The Workshop (L’Atelier) is something of a puzzle. There’s a fair deal that recalls his marvellous 2009 Palme d’Or winner The Class...

DVD: The Heiresses

Tom Birchenough

This first feature from Paraguayan director Marcelo Martinessi is a delicate study in confinement, and of how the chance of freedom can bring an...

CD: The Albion Christmas Band - Under the Christmas Tree

Liz Thomson

As traditional as turkey with all the trimmings

CD: The Monkees - Christmas Party

Guy Oddy

Wake up Sleepy Jean, the Monkees are back to spread some Christmas cheer

CD: The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

Barney Harsent

The ambitious pop-rock outfit return with an album that's interesting, but overlong

CD: My Baby - MOUNAIKI: By The Bright of the Night

Thomas H Green

Kiwi-Dutch psychedelic funk-rockers finally match their live reputation

CD: Majken - Young Believer

Kieron Tyler

Unfulfilled promise on Swedish singer-songwriter’s debut album

CD: Bill Ryder-Jones - Yawn

Jo Southerd

Fourth album crackles with intimacy and floors with its candour

DVD/Blu-ray: Columbus

Tom Birchenough

Architecture heals solitary souls in an auteur gem

CD: Kim Myhr - Pressing Clouds Passing Crowds

Kieron Tyler

The Norwegian guitarist collaborates with poet Caroline Bergvall in an enthralling reflection on transformation

DVD: The Man from Mo'Wax

Thomas H Green

Sometimes absorbing, sometimes morose documentary on London's 1990s kingpin of underground instrumental hip hop beats

CD: Dead Can Dance - Dionysus

Tim Cumming

Festival music for an ancient God

CD: Sandra Kerr & John Faulkner – The Music From Bagpuss

Barney Harsent

Recommended restorative listening from the children's TV classic

CD: Ed Harcourt - Beyond the End

Katie Colombus

A surprising turn for the singer-songwriter

DVD/Blu-ray: Invention for Destruction

Graham Rickson

A steampunk delight: Karel Zeman's first international success returns

CD: Josephine Foster - Faithful Fairy Harmony

Kieron Tyler

Country-folk auteur tunes in to the ether

CD: Cliff Richard - Rise Up

Liz Thomson

Cliff steps out of the shadows with a new album

CD: Planet B - Planet B

Guy Oddy

American duo lay out their politico-punk rock hip-hop stall

CD: Mumford & Sons - Delta

Liz Thomson

A decade on from their debut, the British darlings of Americana explore new musical territory

CD: Imogen Heap - The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Thomas H Green

The cult alt-pop star's soundtrack finally receives a release

CD: Liela Moss - My Name is Safe in Your Mouth

Kieron Tyler

Arresting first solo album from the voice of The Duke Spirit

CD: Sarah Gillespie - Wishbones

Howard Male

An album that reminds us of what a potent force the singer-songwriter can be

CD: J Mascis - Elastic Days

Joe Muggs

The wizard of introspection completely fails to peak, and that's the magic

DVD/Blu-ray: Hitler's Hollywood

Mark Kidel

Unwrapping the sugar-coated cover-up that was Nazi cinema

CD: Olly Murs - You Know I Know

Barney Harsent

The likeable entertainer gives us exactly what you'd expect, with predictably ordinary results

CD: The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Merrie Land

Guy Oddy

This modern-day supergroup is a reminder of why supergroups are generally a bad idea

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