wed 01/03/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Depeche Mode - Spirit

Joe Muggs

There is no band of the Eighties generation who've remained both as big, and as great, as Depeche Mode. Duran Duran? Lightweights. U2? Sunk into self-parody a long time ago.

Blu-ray: Mildred Pierce

Kieron Tyler

Joan Crawford’s towering, lauded and Oscar-awarded lead performance in Michael Curtiz’s powerful 1945 film Mildred Pierce has the potential to diminish appreciation of the film as a whole. It can be watched for her career-reviving depiction of the titular character, and that could be enough. But it is a film of rare depth, extraordinary subtlety and can be taken many ways.

CD: Temples - Volcano

Kieron Tyler

Temples’ debut album, 2014’s Sun Structures, was an instant and surprise success. Within weeks of its release, the Brit-psych outfit were headlining...

DVD: De Palma

Nick Hasted

When Carrie White’s hand jumps out of the grave to drag Amy Irving’s character to hell, the shock is Psycho-intense. Carrie’s director Brian De Palma...

CD: Sleaford Mods - English Tapas

Thomas H Green

Sleaford Mods have had an amazing run. The duo are prized by their fans for their ultra-basic set-up – a guy with a can of lager standing by a laptop...

DVD/Blu-ray: Train to Busan

Kieron Tyler

Efficiently exhilarating South Korean zombies-on-a-train shocker

CD: Alison Krauss - Windy City

Liz Thomson

First solo outing in 18 years reworks some country classics

CD: José James - Love in a Time of Madness

Matthew Wright

Original collection of songs doesn't always lift off

DVD/Blu-ray: The Crying Game

Saskia Baron

Neil Jordan's film noir set against the backdrop of the Troubles is still powerful after 25 years

CD: Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost

Guy Oddy

Anton Newcombe’s psychedelic rockers try a range of flavours and come up trumps

DVD: The Spring River Flows East

Tom Birchenough

Revolutionary film: war and passion caught in the Chinese 'Gone with the Wind'

CD: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Tourist

Russ Coffey

Can Alec Ounsworth's hipster outfit justify a fifth outing?

CD: Vera Lynn - Vera Lynn 100

Jasper Rees

New versions of old tunes from the World War Two songbird as she reaches her century

CD: Right Said Fred - Exactly!

Thomas H Green

1990s novelty hit-makers return with their ninth - yes, ninth! - album

CD: Aurelio - Darandi

Joe Muggs

Honduran Garifuna songwriter and surf guitar stylist revisits his career best

DVD: Marc Isaacs - Two Films

Tom Birchenough

Subtle British documentaries catch the nuance of behaviour

CD: Six Organs of Admittance - Burning the Threshold

Kieron Tyler

Ben Chasny’s venerable vehicle eschews musical strategies in favour of focusing on the song

CD: Dreadzone - Dread Times

Mark Kidel

A rousing Dionysiac journey of liberation

CD: Ryan Adams - Prisoner

Liz Thomson

Divorced prolific singer-songwriter channels his inner Boss

DVD/Blu-ray: Black Society Trilogy

Tom Birchenough

Lacerating violence, provocative sexuality - but there's more to Japanese director Takashi Miike

CD: Sherwood & Pinch - Man vs Sofa

Thomas H Green

Brit bass heavyweights do themselves proud with second album

CD: Joel Culpepper - Tortoise

Mark Kidel

Black British talent in the making

DVD/Blu-ray: Cover Girl

Graham Rickson

Dazzling visuals but baggy pacing in an iconic wartime musical

CD: Thievery Corporation - The Temple of I and I

Guy Oddy

Chill-out veterans roll up some high-grade ambient dub

CD: Tinariwen - Elwan

Tim Cumming

The Desert Blues masters in reflective mood

CD: Rag'n'Bone Man - Human

Matthew Wright

Debut from already-famous Brighton soul star presses the right buttons

DVD: The Wailing

Kieron Tyler

Ambitious South Korean horror smash bites off more than it can chew

CD: Devlin - The Devil In

Thomas H Green

Grime prodigy returns from the wilderness

CD: Elbow - Little Fictions

Russ Coffey

Garvey and co serve up some winter warmth


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