sat 26/09/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Róisín Murphy - Róisín Machine

Joe Muggs

This is a musical homecoming for Róisín Murphy, both geographically and figuratively. She may have been raised in Dublin and spent her gig-going adolescence in Manchester, but Sheffield is where she began her life as a clubber and performer – and it’s with Sheffield scene mainstay of almost four decades, and Murphy’s friend of quarter of a century, Richard “Parrot” Barratt that she’s collaborated here.

Album: Corey Taylor - CMFT

Guy Oddy

The graveyard of tedious musical vanity projects – and the bargain bins of many record shops – is filled with solo albums by the lead vocalists of many fine rock bands. They may sell well initially, due to the power of well-financed record company marketing teams, but they are soon forgotten and adding to landfill sites around the country.

DVD/Blu-ray: Mademoiselle

Mark Kidel

Mademoiselle is Jeanne Moreau, in smouldering femme fatale mode: a school-teacher and town hall secretary in a small French village, she wreaks havoc...

Album: Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension

Mark Kidel

Sufjan Stevens is an artist of remarkable ambition. His 80-minute long new album, with 15 beautiful and poetic songs, belongs to a long line of pop...

Blu-ray: This Gun for Hire

Graham Fuller

The 1942 thriller This Gun for Hire, which opened five months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was closely adapted from Graham...

Album: This Dream of You – Diana Krall

Sebastian Scotney

An unsatisfactory postscript to the Krall/LiPuma years

Album: Alicia Keys - Alicia

Joe Muggs

A confident return from the megastar polymath, but does it hint at something more?

Album: Fish - Weltschmerz

Russ Coffey

Derek W Dick's last hurrah is a mix of successes and excesses

DVD/Blu-ray: Where Does a Body End?

Guy Oddy

Post-punk giants Swans’ documentary is a fascinating trawl through the band’s first 35 years

Album: Marilyn Manson - WE ARE CHAOS

Russ Coffey

The Antichrist Superstar softens up

Blu-ray: Beanpole

Tom Birchenough

Bleakness of story mediated by fragile visual beauty in outstanding Russian arthouse period offering

Album: Toots & the Maytals - Got to be Tough

Guy Oddy

Toots back on fine form in what has become his final album

Album: Ammar 808 - Global Control/ Invisible Invasion

Mark Kidel

Fusion between the Maghreb and South India that's so good it explodes

Album: Doves - The Universal Want

Barney Harsent

The Manchester three-piece end a decade-long hiatus in style

Album: Allison Neale - Quietly There

Sebastian Scotney

A completely delightful album

Blu-ray: Walkabout

Saskia Baron

Fifty years on from its original release, Nicolas Roeg's solo debut gets a stunning restoration

Album: Suzanne Vega - An Evening of New York Songs and Stories

Liz Thomson

Tom's Diner by way of Cafe Carlyle

Album: Rui Ho - Lov3 & L1ght

Joe Muggs

Dayglo experimental pop from Chinese artist in Berlin

The Rolling Stones' Goats Head Soup 2020 - old-time decadence revisited

Tim Cumming

A tasty 1970s Rolling Stones classic is revived with added ingredients

Album: Declan McKenna - Zeros

Thomas H Green

Second album from young prodigy contains some solid songs but suffers from crassly overboard production

Album: Tricky - Fall to Pieces

Mark Kidel

Moody vignettes transform pain into beauty

Blu-ray: Show Boat (1936)

Graham Fuller

Paul Robeson's few scenes dominate James Whale's great backstage musical

Album: Throwing Muses - Sun Racket

Guy Oddy

An earthy and disorientating return for the Boston trio

Blu-ray: Safety Last!

Graham Rickson

Terrifying and exhilarating - one of the greatest silent comedies returns

CD: Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith - Peradam

Tim Cumming

The third in a beguiling trilogy of immersive albums

Album: Katy Perry - Smile

Joe Muggs

Is it possible to grow up in public when you're at the top of the celebrity tree?

Album: Disclosure - ENERGY

Thomas H Green

Great selection of guests add up to a decent, if sometimes predictable, album from the house revivalists

Album: Gregory Porter - All Rise

Sebastian Scotney

Porter and team on strong form

DVD: Fanny Lye Deliver'd

India Lewis

Civil War Western with feminist overtones falls a little flat

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