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New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Karine Polwart – Laws of Motion

Tim Cumming

Karine Polwart has a stellar track record as a pop and folk songwriter and interpreter of traditional songs, from Malinky through a solo career that has garnered six BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Folk Singer Of The Year 2018.

CD: Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics

Barney Harsent

Collaboration clearly suits Neneh Cherry. From co-writing with husband Cameron McVey, to projects with Youssou N’Dour, her band cirKus, The Thing and RocketNumberNine, the give-and-take of partnership has produced some stunning work that has always seen the singer give as much as she has taken. Cherry is an honest, open performer and that translates to her vocal style. Much attention has been focused on the involvement of Keiron “Four Tet” Hebden as producer on this project, and his...

DVD: A Moment in the Reeds

Tom Birchenough

Mikko Makela’s debut feature is as sheerly concentrated a piece of filmmaking as you can imagine. The Finnish director – previously better known as...

CD: Jess Glynne - Always In Between

Katie Colombus

The first release from Jess Glynne’s new album, “I’ll Be There” confirmed the North London singer as the first ever British female artist to have...

CD: Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

Thomas H Green

Kurt Vile is a cult artist with growing commercial heft. He’s gained this without making concessions to mainstream sensibilities. Ever since Walkin’...

CD: Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Out of Touch

Kieron Tyler

Prolific Finnish sonic auteur favours style over impact

CD: Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground

Ellie Porter

The guitarist and songwriter has lost none of his blistering rage

CD: John Grant – Love Is Magic

Barney Harsent

The singer-songwriter is on fine form on an immensely rewarding fourth album

DVD/Blu-ray: The Miraculous Virgin

Tom Birchenough

More than mystifying: Slovak Surrealism of totalitarian character

VOD: That Good Night

Tom Birchenough

John Hurt's screen swansong gives crusty weight to scrappy script

CD: You Me At Six - VI

Thomas H Green

Well-established rockers are new to our dubious reviewer but he's impressed

CD: Echo & the Bunnymen - The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon

Guy Oddy

The Bunnymen indulge in some pointless self-harm

CD: KT Tunstall - Wax

Joe Muggs

Sometimes the middle of the road is no bad place to be...

CD: Jessica Sligter - Polycrisis: yes!

Kieron Tyler

Disquieting commentary on Europe’s downward spiral

DVD/Blu-ray: Zama

Tom Birchenough

Argentinian auteur Lucrecia Martel mesmerises with depiction of the chaos of colonialism

CD: Cat Power - Wanderer

Guy Oddy

Chan Marshall’s tenth album is a haunting thing of great beauty

CD: Nile Rodgers & Chic - It's About Time

Thomas H Green

Very daytime Radio 1 but the disco kingpin's comeback album has just enough pizzazz to stand up

DVD/Blu-ray: Iceman

Graham Rickson

Prehistoric revenge thriller, with lots of hollering

CD: Cher - Dancing Queen

Jo Southerd

A shameless celebration of all that glitters

CD: Rod Stewart - Blood Red Roses

Mark Kidel

An old hitmaker won't ever let you down

CD: Tim Hecker - Konoyo

Joe Muggs

Long avant narratives and moments of shimmering beauty from Canadian-Japanese collaboration

CD: Mudhoney - Digital Garbage

Barney Harsent

Grunge's unsung pioneers sound vital as ever

DVD/Blu-ray: The Breadwinner

Graham Rickson

Riveting animated tale of life under Taliban rule

CD: Prince - Piano and a Microphone 1983

Joe Muggs

Is this a glimmer of hope that treatment of the Paisley Park archives is going to be respectful?

CD: Christine and the Queens - Chris

Katie Colombus

Empowering alt-pop that refuses definition

DVD: Mario

Tom Birchenough

Keeping the game straight: Swiss youth drama tells how football treats its gay players

CD: Malcolm Middleton - Bananas

Thomas H Green

Scotland's great mordant romantic returns to his songwriting roots

CD: Glen Matlock - Good To Go

Kieron Tyler

Toughening-up needed on former Sex Pistol’s first solo album for two decades

CD: Hawkwind - Road to Utopia

Joe Muggs

The grizzled, grimey drug-rockers get an easy-listening makeover with somewhat surprising results


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