sat 20/04/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Balance

Russ Coffey

Indie-rock sure ain't what it used to be. Half the current crop of manufactured rock bands sound about as empty as the recently discovered M87 black hole. And, of all these generic outfits, few seem to have less musical substance than Welsh four-piece Catfish and the Bottlemen.The Balance, the Llandudno bands' third LP, is pure indie-by-numbers. It's full of chugging guitars with angsty vocals sung in a regional accent. Occasionally everything goes quiet before bursting into a massive...

CD: Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mettavolution

Guy Oddy

There aren’t many musicians to catch the ear of a substantial community of music lovers that includes both metalheads and world music fans, as well as having been invited to play the White House – especially when playing only instrumental tunes on acoustic guitars.

CD: The O'Jays - The Last Word

Lisa-Marie Ferla

How to put a full-stop on an over 50 year recording career? For multiple Music Hall of Fame-rs The O’Jays, the answer includes a party track penned...

CD: Loyle Carner - Not Waving, But Drowning

Thomas H Green

When poetic London MC Loyle Carner first appeared a couple years ago he was hailed for his fresh take on UK hip hop. Compared to the street-centric...

Blu-ray: One, Two, Three

Mark Kidel

Billy Wilder’s co-writing collaboration with IAL Diamond encompassed comedy masterpieces such as Some Like it Hot, The Apartment, Irma La Douce, The...

DVD: Mifune - The Last Samurai

Tom Birchenough

The life and times of the great Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune

CD: L’Impératrice - Matahari

Thomas H Green

Crafted Gallic disco-pop debut that emanates sleek summery allure

CD: Bananarama - In Stereo

Barney Harsent

The first ladies of UK pop deliver hits and misses in a lively but uneven return

CD: Fat White Family - Serfs Up!

Guy Oddy

Psychedelic pranksters fall into boring self-indulgence

CD: LSD - Labrinth, Sia, Diplo Present...

Joe Muggs

Team up of megabucks singer-songwriters and producer gels impressively

CD: The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

Thomas H Green

Ninth album from 1990s dance music giants is a party monster

CD: Jessie Buckley - Wild Rose OST

Owen Richards

Actor Buckley proves to be a true star in her latest film's soundtrack

CD: Sun Kil Moon - I Also Want to Die in New Orleans

Howard Male

Further musical and lyrical adventures of an American maverick

CD: Norah Jones - Begin Again

Joe Muggs

A rag tag set of recordings only serves to show Jones's musical maturity

DVD/Blu-ray: The White Reindeer

Graham Rickson

Ethnographic insight in striking 1953 Finnish horror curio

CD: Circa Waves - What It's Like Over There

Mark Kidel

Power pop with a good mix of yin and yang

CD: Ruby Rushton - Ironside

Joe Muggs

Crisp, tough, and sometimes devastating jazz from London's young generation

Blu-ray: Detour

Graham Fuller

Edgar G Ulmer's film noir road movie is a thing of sordid beauty

CD: The Drums - Brutalism

Thomas H Green

Fifth album from US alt-pop act is lyrically strong but musically less so

CD: Thee Telepaths – The Velvet Night

Barney Harsent

The psych-rock four piece's debut is a carefully crafted recipe for success

CD: Billie Eilish - When We All Go To Sleep Where Do We Go?

Joe Muggs

A young star enters the hallucinatory cabaret tradition

DVD/Blu-ray: The Wild Pear Tree

Tom Birchenough

Melancholy restraint from Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan resounds

CD: WH Lung - Incidental Music

Kieron Tyler

Sky-scraping Manchester trio’s debut is a prime candidate for album of the year lists

CD: UNKLE – The Road: Part II (Lost Highway)

Asya Draganova

Two thirds through a trip to home, wherever that might be

CD: Steve Earle & The Dukes - Guy

Liz Thomson

Troubadour and his band head to Nashville for a tribute to the late Guy Clark

CD: The Underground Youth – Montage Images of Lust and Fear

Guy Oddy

Craig Dyer’s Berlin exiles ramp up the gothic blues

CD: Edwyn Collins - Badbea

Thomas H Green

The Orange Juice frontman ebulliently and effectively mines the sounds of his past

DVD/Blu-Ray: La Vérité

Saskia Baron

Henri-Georges Clouzot's powerful 1960 courtroom drama attacks French bourgeois morality

CD: Sleeper - The Modern Age

Guy Oddy

The song remains much the same for the reformed Britpoppers

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