sat 29/07/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Black Grape - Pop Voodoo

Guy Oddy

It’s a rather shocking 20 years since the somewhat unfairly maligned second Black Grape album Stupid Stupid Stupid was released, after which the band went into freefall before imploding.

DVD/Blu-ray: Der müde Tod

David Nice

"Weary Death" – "Destiny", the English-language title, is weak by comparison – settles in a small German town, an impressive simulation constructed on a back lot of the Babelsberg Studio outside Berlin.

CD: Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano -...

Joe Muggs

The orchestral-electronic sounds which the Erased Tapes label epitomises exist balanced on a knife-edge of extreme tastefulness. Not quite fitting...

CD: The Isley Brothers & Santana - Power of...

Thomas H Green

In media coverage of Woodstock, Santana always seems to be overshadowed by the oft-mentioned cultural significance of Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner...

Blu-ray: Terror in a Texas Town

Mark Kidel

Many of the best Westerns, that quintessentially American genre, are rooted in a Christian view of the world: the dark forces of Satan pitted against...

CD: The Fall - New Facts Emerge

Javi Fedrick

The original and eternal post-punk Mancunian rumpus-maker returns

CD: Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life

Thomas H Green

The queen of doomed, widescreen melancholia returns with an overdose of sultry slow-burners

CD: Alice Cooper - Paranormal

Guy Oddy

Alice returns to give his theatrical stylings an alt-rock make-over

DVD/Blu-ray: The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

Graham Rickson

Enchanting, surreal romp: one of the greatest fantasy films ever made

CD: Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Howard Male

A joyous pop album that depicts a world in tragic freefall

CD: Jupiter & Okwess - Kin Sonic

Mark Kidel

Congolese proverbs and exhortations to right living

DVD/Blu-ray: Lola

Nick Hasted

In Fassbinder's 'The Blue Angel' remake, West German corruption equals Weimar's

CD: The Vamps – Night and Day (Night Edition)

Barney Harsent

The Vamps' third album is overwrought, overcompressed and, thankfully, over quite quickly

CD: Alan Broadbent - Developing Story

Peter Quinn

The pianist's orchestral magnum opus is packed with extraordinary things

CD: Dizzee Rascal - Raskit

Thomas H Green

Pop is out, high-velocity lyricism is in, on a startling showcase of word play

DVD: Cézanne et moi

Tom Birchenough

From Provence to Paris, a lavish double biopic about a cultural friendship

CD: Emma Stevens - To My Roots

Liz Thomson

Wanted - more light and shade!

CD: Boris – Dear

Guy Oddy

Japanese noise-mongers mark their 25th year with a masterpiece of heaviness

CD: Pete Fij/Terry Bickers - We Are Millionaires

Thomas H Green

Old school indie doyens' second album proves their debut was no fluke

CD: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Diaspora

Matthew Wright

New Orleans trumpeter goes in search of the African-American tradition

CD: Melvins - A Walk With Love and Death

Joe Muggs

Doom, anger and grot from the still-abiding Seattle grindmasters

DVD/Blu-ray: Stormy Monday

Graham Rickson

Mike Figgis's feature debut: visually arresting Geordie noir in a superb new print

CD: Haim - Something to Tell You

Russ Coffey

The Californian sisters are back, but will they continue to charm as before?

CD: Lucy Rose - Something's Changing

Katie Colombus

Music that manages to embody the spirit of travel and the importance of shared experience

DVD/Blu-ray: Daughters of the Dust

Mark Kidel

African roots shimmer in resurrected black American masterpiece

CD: Autarkic – I Love You, Go Away

Barney Harsent

Tel Aviv producer Nadav Spiegel's latest collection is a triumph of head and heart

CD: Peter Perrett - How The West Was Won

Thomas H Green

One of Britain's greatest, least celebrated songwriters returns after two decades away

CD: Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Thomas H Green

Dance-pop kingpin has an easy-going time with his US megastar mates

DVD/Blu-ray: Long Shot

Tom Birchenough

The challenges of independent filmmaking beautifully satirised in a rediscovered treat

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