sat 18/01/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By

Nick Hasted

The middle-aged rap master of provocation has survived into an era of hair-trigger outrage. The wearily dignified response of parents of the Manchester Arena bomber’s victims to an Eminem lyric briefly assuming the killer’s identity has already defused a strictly local scandal, which pales beside his gigs’ picketing in his early 2000s folk-devil prime.

Album: Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

Liz Thomson

Bombay Bicycle Club have a knack for quasi-prophetic titles. Their fourth album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, released in February 2014, turned out to be their last, at least for a while. For when the accompanying tour concluded at London’s Earls Court – the final event before the wrecking ball deprived London of another iconic venue – the band decided they’d had enough.

Album: Aoife Nessa Frances - Land of No Junction

Kieron Tyler

What a lovely surprise. A debut album with its own sensibility that’s come out of the blue. Aoife Nessa Frances is from Dublin and the terrific Land...

DVD: The Cakemaker

Tom Birchenough

The Cakemaker is Ofir Raul Graizer’s debut feature, and the film must somehow reflect the parabola of the Israeli-born director's life: it’s set...

Album: Las Cobras - Selva

Guy Oddy

Selva is the sophomore album from Uruguay’s arch tripsters, Las Cobras. More ethereal and even less direct than its predecessor, Temporal, it is a...

Album: Gabrielle Aplin - Dear Happy

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Self-love soundtrack to a songwriter piecing herself back together

Album: Field Music - Making a New World

Kieron Tyler

Audacious concept album examining the still-extant ripples of World War One

Album: Electric Soft Parade - Stages

Thomas H Green

Brighton indie-psyche stalwarts offer a luscious, heart-rending exploration of grief

DVD/Blu-ray: The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

Tom Birchenough

Extraordinary 1987 documentary upends expectations of Japan - and of the genre itself

Albums of the Year 2019: Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

Russ Coffey

The Boss led a bumper year for veteran rockers

Albums of the Year 2019: Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury

Ellie Porter

Endlessly creative singer's fourth album is country, but not as we know it

Albums of the Year 2019: Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the Dance

Liz Thomson

The last magnificent testament of Leonard Norman Cohen

Albums of the Year 2019: Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

Katie Colombus

A sound reminiscent of days gone by but with a shoegazy sway that keeps it relevant

Albums of the Year 2019: Claire Martin - Believin’ It

Peter Quinn

Award-winning vocalist touches the heart and lifts the soul

Albums of the Year 2019: Seratones - Power

Howard Male

Heart, energy and some cracking good tunes from a new Louisiana band

Albums of the Year 2019: Nick Cave - Ghosteen

Mark Kidel

Beauty and soul out of suffering and darkness

Albums of the Year 2019: Mark Turner Meets Gary Foster

Sebastian Scotney

A remarkable concert from 2003, released in 2019

DVD/Blu-ray: Buddies

Tom Birchenough

The first feature to address evolving AIDS pandemic retains real laconic power

Albums of the Year 2019: Josienne Clarke – In All Weather

Tim Cumming

A perfect companion for the longer, darker nights of your year

Albums of the Year 2019: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

Asya Draganova

A place where anger meets sophistication

Albums of the Year 2019: Mega Bog - Dolphine

Kieron Tyler

Confirmation that Erin Birgy is ready for more than a cult audience

Albums of the Year 2019: Sault - 7

Barney Harsent

A punk-funk-soul one-two that leaves you dazed and delighted

Albums of the Year 2019: Terror Danjah - Invasion

Joe Muggs

One of grime's earliest production pioneers at the top of his game

Albums of the Year 2019: The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

Thomas H Green

Barnstorming album offers uplift during a year of terminal shoddiness

CD: Harry Styles - Fine Line

Owen Richards

Varied sophomore album mixes genuine treats with questionable lyrics

Albums of the Year 2019: Angie McMahon - Salt

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Ennui, desperation and longing from stunning singer-songwriter debut

Blu-ray: A Fistful of Dynamite

Thomas H Green

Sergio Leone's glorious Mexican revolution epic receives a suitably opulent new release

Albums of the Year 2019: Imperial Wax - Gastwerk Saboteurs

Guy Oddy

Ex-Fall guys top the year with vicious rockabilly and razor-sharp guitars

CD: Josh Rouse - The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse

Ellie Porter

Likeable singer-songwriter serves up an undemanding Christmas confection


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