sun 06/12/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Blu-ray: The Irishman

Demetrios Matheou

The big talking points of Martin Scorsese’s lauded return to the gangster genre, 2019’s The Irishman, were his reunion after 25 years with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and the state-of the-art “de-aging” process that enabled that pair and Al Pacino to play their characters over a period of 30 years. 

Album: The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You

Barney Harsent

After a 16-year wait for the second album from Australian sample-stitchers The Avalanches, their third, a mere four years later, feels like a rush release by comparison. We Will Always Love You has been preceded by no fewer than four singles which, while welcome, are in danger of distorting the overall picture slightly.

Album: Yungblud - Weird!

Thomas H Green

Doncaster musician Dominic Harrison – Yungblud – appeared a couple of years ago, a self-proclaimed punk, alive with vim and righteousness, touting...

Album: High Contrast - Notes From the Underground

Joe Muggs

Dance music has a notably different relationship to its past than other kinds of music. This has a real, material basis: because its core experience...

Album: Nick Cave & Nicholas Lens - L.I.T.A.N....

Guy Oddy

The Covid pandemic has meant, with both performance and recording opportunities at a minimum, that many musicians have had to apply a bit of lateral...

Blu-ray: Goodbye, Dragon Inn

Daniel Baksi

A poetic tribute to cinema-going itself from Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang

Album: Sigur Rós - Odin's Raven Magic

Mark Kidel

Music for Norse myths

Blu-Ray: La Haine

Saskia Baron

Handsome restoration for Matthieu Kassowitz's take on the French dispossessed

Album: Tankus the Henge - Luna Park!

Thomas H Green

Festival favourites' third album delivers an exuberant selection of stompers

Album: Miley Cyrus - Plastic Hearts

Joe Muggs

Miley's ever-shifting sound alights on a Big Eighties aesthetic

Album: Gary Barlow - Music Played By Humans

Barney Harsent

The Take That frontman's latest is a tiresome cue-call for spontaneous fun

Album: Billie Joe Armstrong - No Fun Mondays

Harry Thorfinn-George

The Green Day singer offers up his collection of lockdown cover versions

Blu-ray: Waxworks (1924)

Graham Fuller

The sum is more than the parts of Paul Leni's German Expressionist horror comedy

Album: BTS - Be

Peter Quinn

K-pop perfection from the South Korean septet

Blu-ray: Girlfriends

Saskia Baron

A pioneering comedy-drama about two young women trying to make it in 1970s New York

Album: Kitchman/Schmidt - As Long As Songbirds Sing

Liz Thomson

Talented musicians, but trying too hard

Album: Smashing Pumpkins – Cyr

Guy Oddy

Grunge veterans pump out a joyless dirge

Album: Kali Uchis - Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞

Thomas H Green

Rising Colombian-American star takes a likeable turn into beats-laden easy listening

Album: Charles Webster - Decision Time

Joe Muggs

An extraordinary comeback - and hopefully overdue recognition - for a British underground music legend

Blu-ray: The Painted Bird

Graham Rickson

Harrowing tale of wartime life on the margins

Album: Cabaret Voltaire - Shadow of Fear

Guy Oddy

Dark and disorientating electronica at its best

Album: AC/DC - Power Up

Russ Coffey

Veteran Aussie rockers rise, phoenix-like, to banish the 2020 blues

Album: Paloma Faith - Infinite Things

Isabella Gallagher

A re-versioning of the self into more serious, sombre realms

Album: Kruder & Dorfmeister - 1995

Thomas H Green

Horizontal herbal music from 1990s trip hop pairing is pleasantly zonked

DVD/Blu-ray: Breathless

Mark Kidel

Avant-garde with a sense of history

Album: Little Mix - Confetti

Thomas H Green

Sixth album from all-girl pop juggernaut breaks no new ground but has its moments

DVD/Blu-ray: The Ladykillers

Graham Rickson

The last great Ealing Comedy, in a pristine restored print

Album: Balothizer - Cretan Smash

Mark Kidel

Between rock and a roots place

Album: Kylie - DISCO

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Much-needed escapism from Australia's finest export


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