mon 26/02/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Stephen Stills and Judy Collins - Everybody Knows

Liz Thomson

“Chestnut-brown canary, ruby-throated sparrow” sang Stephen Stills in his “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, a song from CSNY’s 1969 debut album to Judy Collins, with whom he was ending a two-year affair. Collins’s big baby-blue eyes haven’t faded with time. Nor has her voice – indeed, it is far more secure now than it was 40 years ago, when she was battling pills and booze, a fight she’s documented in a number of books.Collins was a star in 1969; CSNY were making their celebrated Woodstock debut and...

CD: Niklas Paschburg - Oceanic

Joe Muggs

Of all the wave of neoclassical or postclassical music of the past half decade or so, some of the most popular is a new breed of rippling, repetitive solo piano piece. And, really, I mean staggeringly popular: Spotify's Peaceful Piano playlist, curated in-house, has three and three-quarter million subscribers, and a simple inclusion of a track on this playlist is enough to earn a composer a good few quid.

CD: Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind

Liz Thomson

Sixty years after her debut at Club 47, Harvard Square, Joan Baez this year bows out of formal touring and recording with an album every bit as...

DVD/Blu-ray: The Party

Owen Richards

Take one of the strongest casts in British cinema and put them in a confined space; it was always going to be fun. Sally Potter’s The Party sets its...

CD: Moby - Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing...

Thomas H Green

After two albums of battle anthems for Trump-addled times, raging against the machine with his “Void Pacific Choir”, Moby’s fifteenth long-player is...

DVD: Beach Rats

Tom Birchenough

Limbo over an uneasy Brooklyn summer, from an American indie director to watch

CD: Femi Kuti - One People One World

Guy Oddy

Afrobeat royalty makes a compelling case for world peace and unity

CD: Snowpoet - Thought You Knew

Peter Quinn

The London group's restrained melodicism packs an intense depth of feeling

CD: Jonny Nash and Lindsay Todd - Fauna Mapping

Barney Harsent

A stunning aural portrait of Bali's natural landscape

CD: Fever Ray - Plunge

Thomas H Green

Swedish maverick returns after nearly a decade away with avant-electro-pop paean to sexual freedom

DVD: London Symphony

Graham Rickson

Wordless celebration of the capital's upside

CD: Dreamweapon - SOL

Guy Oddy

Portuguese trio lay down some potent and trippy vibes

CD: The Orielles - Silver Dollar Moment

Kieron Tyler

Mix-and-match take on golden-era indie offers much that’s familiar

DVD/Blu-ray: Blade Runner 2049

Jasper Rees

Masterpiece or snoozathon? You decide as the belated sequel with Ryan Gosling appears on disc

CD: Young Echo - Young Echo

Joe Muggs

Bristol's deep and strange roots throw up gnarled new shoots

CD: Joan as Police Woman - Damned Devotion

Russ Coffey

The Brooklyn alt-soul singer sends an anti-Valentine card

CD: Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems, Parts 1, 2 and 3

Katie Colombus

An album for the superfans perhaps, but a tough one for non-devotees

CD: Stick in the Wheel - Follow Them True

Tim Cumming

Striking second album from London's folk insurrections

Blu-ray: Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno

Graham Rickson

Clouzot's famously unfinished film, dissected with affection

CD: Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending

Kieron Tyler

Despite a change of line-up, the art-rockers plough familiar furrows

DVD: In Between

Saskia Baron

Fresh, energetic and highly entertaining portrait of three young women looking for love and equality in Tel Aviv

CD: GoGo Penguin - A Humdrum Star

Matthew Wright

Successful Manchester trio's contemporary fusion grows outside the jazz shadow

CD: Beth Nielsen Chapman - Hearts of Glass

Liz Thomson

Old gold and new on her first studio album in four years

CD: Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus

Kieron Tyler

The gender-fluid American singer-songwriter delivers a State of the Nation address

DVD/Blu-ray: The Mystery of Picasso

Marina Vaizey

Pablo at work: Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1956 art documentary, with wonderful extras

CD: Rae Morris - Someone Out There

Thomas H Green

Rising Lancashire pop hopeful has enough personality to break through predictable presentation

CD: Dream Wife - Dream Wife

Guy Oddy

Icelandic-British Riot Grrrls whip up a storm with their debut album

DVD: The King's Choice

Saskia Baron

Slow but engaging film tells the story of Norway's own darkest hours in 1940

CD: Saxon - Thunderbolt

Russ Coffey

The veteran metallers' new one is heavy and full of heart


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