mon 24/04/2017

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Bonnie Prince Billy - Best Troubadour

Russ Coffey

Best Troubadour is Bonnie Prince Billy's musical tribute to his "forever hero", country singer Merle Haggard. Haggard was best known for his song "Okie from Muskogee", a wry homage to small-town Southern values. Students of country music, however, remember a different Merle – the armed robber turned musician and iconoclast. In his own bohemian way Bonnie Prince Billy, aka Will Oldham, is another sort of radical. And on Best Troubadour he interprets Haggard's...

DVD: Martin Scorsese - Two Early Films

Nick Hasted

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More was Ellen Burstyn’s baby. Determined to use her clout after The Exorcist to make a film from a woman’s viewpoint, she offered Robert Getchell’s script to a director who confessed he knew nothing about women. “But,” Martin Scorsese told her, “I’d like to know.”

CD: Gorillaz - Humanz

Thomas H Green

For some of us Blur were an irritant during the 1990s rather than one of the decade’s premier bands. However, once Gorillaz arrived it was impossible...

CD: Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique...

Howard Male

This is a bit of a curiosity. Kasai Allstars were bought to our attention by producer Vincent Kenis almost a decade ago, after he’d had great success...

CD: Trombone Shorty - Parking Lot Symphony

Matthew Wright

Known to his mum as Troy Andrews, singer and instrumental virtuoso Trombone Shorty has been steadily accumulating rave reviews for his live...

CD: Ray Davies - Americana

Liz Thomson

A love letter to the USA by the most English of songwriters

DVD: Mario Lanza - The Best of Everything

Graham Rickson

Serviceable documentary about the pioneering crossover singer

CD: Mark Lanegan Band - Gargoyle

Kieron Tyler

Mr Bottom-of-the-boots voice’s best album since 2004’s ‘Bubblegum’

CD: Maximo Park - Risk to Exist

Thomas H Green

Longstanding indie rockers offer up a sprightly lyrical and musical twist

CD: Be Myself - Sheryl Crow

Katie Colombus

The original country pop singer takes us back to the Nineties

DVD: Crimson

Kieron Tyler

Nasty and brutish grade-Z Eurotrash marriage of crime drama and horror

CD: Sharon Shannon - Sacred Earth

Liz Thomson

Fusion of Africa, Middle East, America and Ireland lacks wild abandon

CD: Barry Adamson - Love Sick Dick

Guy Oddy

Former Bad Seed and Magazine man gets funky, but he’s still feeling blue

DVD: Slaughterhouse-Five

Kieron Tyler

Deft and faithful film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s bold novel

CD: Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar

Kieron Tyler

High-concept Norwegian art-rockers in pop album shocker

CD: Phronesis - The Behemoth

Peter Quinn

Piano trio meets big band for 10th anniversary celebration

CD: Future Islands - The Far Field

Russ Coffey

Baltimore trio back with their post-breakthrough album

DVD/Blu-ray: One More Time with Feeling

Nick Hasted

Grief and art mix in a subtly intimate Nick Cave documentary

DVD/Blu-ray: Ludwig

David Nice

Visconti and Helmut Berger give beauty depth in the tragedy of the Bavarian king

CD: Imelda May - Life. Love. Flesh. Blood

Liz Thomson

A rich mix, synthesising Imelda May's multifarious influences

CD: Fujiya & Miyagi - Fujiya & Miyagi

Javi Fedrick

A decade-and-a-half into their career, the misleadingly named electro-pop trio remain strong

DVD: Revolution - New Art for a New World

Sarah Kent

Margy Kinmonth goes in search of the art that launched the Russian Revolution

CD: King Ayisoba - 1000 Can Die

Howard Male

A punchy, confrontational and insistent wake up call from the Ghanaian musician

CD: Mastodon - Emperor of Sand

Guy Oddy

Proggy metalheads consider mortality and the passing of time in an epic concept album

DVD/Blu-ray: Bleed For This

Jasper Rees

Miles Teller stars in the true story of Vinny Pazienza, the boxer who didn't know he was beaten

CD: Bob Dylan - Triplicate

Mark Kidel

Meta-nostalgia: Dylan longs for songs of longing

CD: The Residents - The Ghost of Hope

Thomas H Green

Perennial American masters of strangeness give a bizarre history lesson

DVD/Blu-ray: Two Rode Together

Graham Fuller

John Ford's transitional Western denounces white racism

CD: Wire - Silver/Lead

Javi Fedrick

A contemplative Wire proves to be a beautiful thing

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