sat 15/05/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Jorja Smith - Be Right Back

Harry Thorfinn-George

With all eyes on her in 2018, Jorja Smith’s debut was surprisingly level-headed and mature, filled with the introspection and storytelling of someone twice her age. This new, slender eight-track project feels like a stepping stone in her career rather than a follow up to her acclaimed debut.

Album: Paul Weller - Fat Pop (Volume 1)

Nick Hasted

“The Changingman” came to sound a little rich in the years after it introduced Stanley Road, as Weller settled into a style which grew atrophied enough to define “Dadrock”.

Blu-ray: Columbia Noir #3

Nick Hasted

Anxiety, injustice and desperate disorder are the themes of these six disparate noirs. In one, The Dark Past, Lee J. Cobb’s psychiatrist draws a...

Album: St Vincent - Daddy's Home

Lisa-Marie Ferla

From her indie roots to the Grammy-winning angular art-rock of her self-titled 2014 album and the new wave glam of MASSEDUCTION, St Vincent has...

Album: The Black Keys – Delta Kream

Barney Harsent

Blues legends Junior Kimbrough and RL Burnside have long provided inspiration for singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, otherwise...

Album: Sons of Kemet - Black to the Future

Guy Oddy

Shabaka’s jazzers raise a fist for BLM

Album: Squid - Bright Green Field

Asya Draganova

An explosion of energy and intelligent anger from the Brighton newcomers

Album: Rag'n'Bone Man - Life by Misadventure

Nick Hasted

Low-key, ruefully wise sequel to a chart juggernaut

Album: Van Morrison - Latest Record Project Volume 1

John Bungey

The king of Celtic soul suffers a bad case of lockdown blues

Blu-ray: Raw

Graham Rickson

Bloody, compelling French horror in Julia Ducournau's feature debut

Album: Ziúr - Antifate

Joe Muggs

Fantastical industrial cabaret from the cellars of Berlin

Blu-ray: The Chalk Garden

Graham Fuller

Who wouldn't want Deborah Kerr as a nurturing governess?

Album: Sufjan Stevens - Convocations

Mark Kidel

Rich and complex requiem for a dad

Album: Martial Solal - Coming Yesterday

Sebastian Scotney

The great French jazz pianist's last concert

Album: Marianne Faithfull & Warren Ellis - She Walks in Beauty

Guy Oddy

Everyone’s favourite Nan crashes the goth poetry club

Blu-ray: To Sir, with Love

Graham Rickson

Rose-tinted but affecting look at life in a late 1960s secondary modern

Album: Teenage Fanclub‎ - Endless Arcade

Kieron Tyler

Line-up changes are no obstacle to sustained excellence

DVD/Blu-ray: County Lines

Daniel Baksi

An insider's angle on the impact of Britain's biggest drugs problem

Album: The Coral - Coral Island

Nick Hasted

Merseyside veterans' faded fairground concept is steeped in pop craft

Album: Gojira - Fortitude

Thomas H Green

French metallers deliver a sonically crafted pummelling their fans should enjoy

Album: Tom Jones - Surrounded by Time

John Bungey

The man with the big voice looks age in the eye

Album: Dinosaur Jr - Sweep It Into Space

Barney Harsent

Amherst's favourite grunge sons serve up another near flawless album

Blu-ray: Straight Shooting / Hell Bent

Graham Fuller

Two John Ford Westerns starring Harry Carey, progenitor of true grit

Album: Field Music - Flat White Moon

Kieron Tyler

David and Peter Brewis draw inspiration from their own lives

Album: Toumani Diabate and the London Symphony Orchestra - Kôrôlén

Mark Kidel

West Africa at the Symphony

Album: AJ Tracey - Flu Game

Joe Muggs

West London's superstar rapper tries to find his mature style with mixed success

Blu-ray: I Was at Home, But...

Tom Birchenough

Cold comfort in this story of family grief from Berlin director Angela Schanelec

Album: Imelda May - 11 Past the Hour

Thomas H Green

Irish star makes a rare musical blunder into whiffy 'classic rock' and balladry on her latest

Album: Lady Dan - I Am the Prophet

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Breaking free of patriarchy on Austin country-folk debut

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