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DVD: A Journey Through French Cinema

Mark Kidel

Bertrand Tavernier’s trip through French cinema is shot through with the love of someone who has grown up with cinema and knows how to communicate his passion in a way that is totally engaging. The three hours-plus he delivers make you want to plunge back into the classics, as well as start discovering many underrated or forgotten directors, actors, DoP’s or film score composers.What makes the documentary so good is his 100% personal approach – although he is touchingly modest and includes...

CD: Gaspard Royant - Wishing You a Merry Christmas

Kieron Tyler

French stylist Gaspard Royant has recorded at London’s garage-rock-central studio Toe Rag and been produced by Edwyn Collins. Both fit a worldview which encompasses collaborating with Eli Paperboy Reed, who crops up here on “Christmas Time Again”, a cover of Reuben Anderson’s wonderful, soulful 1966 ska single. Drawing a line between garage rock, Sixties urban R&B and soul with dashes of blues and nods to Lee Hazlewood, Royant is a Gallic cousin to Richard Hawley. Unsurprisingly, his first...

CD: Cheap Trick - Christmas Christmas

Guy Oddy

It’s been a busy year for veteran power poppers Cheap Trick. Christmas Christmas is their second album in six months, after June’s We’re All Alright...

CD: Tom Chaplin – Twelve Tales of Christmas

Barney Harsent

It’s easy to be cynical about Christmas pop albums. This is, of course, because so many of them are awful, hastily cobbled together collections of...

DVD/Blu-ray: The L-Shaped Room

Saskia Baron

Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe is a true prince of darkness here, picking out Leslie Caron’s beautiful eyes and gleaming mouth despite the gloom of...

CD: Sia - Everyday Is Christmas

Thomas H Green

Well-made and enjoyable hokum from a giant of contemporary pop

CD: Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Liz Thomson

The ghost of Presley past

DVD/Blu-ray: Terminator 2 - Judgment Day

Jasper Rees

Super-sequel from Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron stands the test of time

CD: Alexander Armstrong - In a Winter Light

Russ Coffey

Mr Pimms O'Clock invites us in for some festive cheer

CD: Erlend Apneseth Trio - Åra

Kieron Tyler

Terrific recontextualisation of Norway’s Hardanger Fiddle

DVD: The Work

Tom Birchenough

Visceral prison documentary explores issues of masculinity, father-and-son relations

CD: Godflesh - Post Self

Guy Oddy

Industrial metal-heads’ eighth bring new sounds to their sonic Armageddon

CD: U2 - Songs of Experience

Barney Harsent

The Irish rockers return, but this time you'll have to pay to play…

CD: Kaukolampi - 1

Kieron Tyler

Heady first solo album from Finnish musical mainstay

Blu-ray: Jabberwocky

Graham Rickson

Terry Gilliam's rough-edged romp through blood and excrement, freshly restored

CD: Scanner - Fibolae

Thomas H Green

Elegiac work from an electronic explorer who's been quiet for almost a decade

CD: Björk - Utopia

Katie Colombus

Nature and classicism collide in a profoundly forward-thinking compendium of hope

CD: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - The Visitor

Liz Thomson

Neil Young plays his Trump card

DVD/Blu-ray: Montparnasse 19

Florence Hallett

The most mythologised of modern artists inspired a film as ill-fated as Modigliani himself

CD: Martin Hayes Quartet - The Blue Room

Tim Cumming

Irish tunes revel in new chamber music settings

CD: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon

Russ Coffey

The ex-Oasis man spreads his wings

DVD: The Death of Louis XIV

Tom Birchenough

Incredible wigs aside, Jean-Pierre Léaud is the reason to watch this arthouse labour

CD: Dark They Were And Golden Eyed - Design Your Dreams

Joe Muggs

Underground polymath Trevor Jackson pushes his self-releasing to preposterous levels

CD: Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black

Liz Thomson

At 78, the queen of R&B marches on

CD: Paloma Faith - The Architect

Thomas H Green

More orchestral OTT drama from Britain's queen of theatrical pop

DVD: Dispossession - The Great Social Housing Swindle

Thomas H Green

Polemic documentary about the systematic dismantlement of council-subsidised accommodation

CD: Morrissey - Low in High School

Barney Harsent

Bigmouth's back, but has he anything worthwhile to say?

CD: Evanescence - Synthesis

Thomas H Green

Heinous orchestral M.O.R. goth-pop bombast

Blu-ray: The Incredible Shrinking Man

Graham Rickson

Surreal sci-fi: Jack Arnold’s 1957 B-movie takes its diminishing subject a long way

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