fri 20/10/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Bootsy Collins - World Wide Funk

Guy Oddy

For those who are unsure of Bootsy Collins’ place in the funk pantheon, he is the bassman who put the One into James Brown’s “Sex Machine”, “Soul Power” and “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing”, as well as everything that came out of the first ten years of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic.

CD: The The - Radio Cineola: Trilogy

Guy Oddy

It’s a long time since The The were bothering the charts with songs that, while often witty and thought provoking, resolutely viewed the glass as not only being half-empty but also way too small.

CD: Super Besse - La Nuit*

Kieron Tyler

Super Besse are from the Republic of Belarus, Europe’s sole dictatorship – a country where freedom of expression and opportunities for individual...

DVD/Blu-ray: A Man Called Ove

Saskia Baron

It takes a while to get going, and doesn’t altogether evade sentimentality but overall this black comedy is hugely endearing. Rolf Lassgård (complete...

CD: Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White

Howard Male

"I’m a person who, knock on wood, hasn’t suffered a lot of writer’s block," speaks/sings Kozelek in the song “Topo Gigio”. And he’s not kidding. This...

CD: Jessie Ware - Glasshouse

Barney Harsent

A captivating voice struggles to overcome a surprisingly flat collection

CD: P!nk - Beautiful Trauma

Thomas H Green

Seventh album from US star fails to go beyond the now ubiquitous self-empowerment anthemic

Blu-ray: The Party

Graham Rickson

Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers on form in influential if excruciating 1960s comedy

CD: Robert Plant - Carry Fire

Mark Kidel

The endlessly surprising rocker will not go quietly

CD: Beck - Colors

Russ Coffey

The Californian experimental-rock genius goes pop

DVD/Blu-ray: Belle de Jour

Graham Fuller

Catherine Deneuve's daydreaming privileged wife unleashes her inner slut in Luis Buñuel’s classic

CD: St Vincent - Masseduction

Howard Male

Annie has her cake while shoving great handfuls of it in her mouth

DVD: Centre of My World

Tom Birchenough

Overdone and somewhat saccharine, German teen gay first love story smoulders sensitively nonetheless

CD: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice

Guy Oddy

Courtney and Kurt kick back with some mellow slacker tunes

CD: Marilyn Manson - Heaven Upside Down

Thomas H Green

Industrial metallers' 10th album may be hammy but it delivers requisite kicks

CD: Liam Gallagher - As You Were

Barney Harsent

Former Oasis and Beady Eye frontman looks to the future, but remains steeped in the past

DVD/Blu-ray: Berlin Syndrome

Tom Birchenough

Genre meets arthouse in Australian director Cate Shortland’s third feature

CD: Carla Bruni - French Touch

Mark Kidel

Too smooth to be true

CD: Cécile McLorin Salvant - Dreams and Daggers

Peter Quinn

The vocalist and songwriter delivers one of the great live jazz albums

CD: Miley Cyrus - Younger Now

Joe Muggs

With the hype subsiding, the former child star seems to be going back to her roots

DVD/Blu-ray: Life Is Sweet

Graham Rickson

One of Mike Leigh’s funniest, most quotable features looks and sounds superb in BFI restoration

CD: The Blow Monkeys - The Wild River

Joe Muggs

Eighties pop-soul crew settling into an impressively comfortable groove

CD: Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life

Thomas H Green

Second album from Brit indie sensations delivers a likeable range of kicks

CD: Jon Boden - Afterglow

Liz Thomson

Solo effort from Bellowhead frontman pictures a bleak vision of the future

CD: David Crosby - Sky Trails

Barney Harsent

Crosby and son jazz it up with superb results

CD: The Killers - Wonderful, Wonderful

Russ Coffey

The Vegas quartet's fifth album - is it destined to be their last?

DVD/Blu-ray: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Saskia Baron

More like journey to the dull heart of feeble '50s special effects

CD: The Horrors - V

Javi Fedrick

Giving their darkness an extra production polish proves a good thing for Southend's finest

DVD/Blu-ray: The Legend of the Holy Drinker

Tom Birchenough

In vino veritas: Rutger Hauer surprises in Ermanno Olmi's adaptation of Joseph Roth's final fable

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