tue 19/02/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Susanna & The Brotherhood of Our Lady - Garden of Earthly Delights

Kieron Tyler

Lyrics such as “are we hunting for life among misery, Satan have pity on my long distress” and “we’re on a ship of fools, sails laughing and singing to hell” telegraph that, as a commentary on the present, Garden of Earthly Delights isn’t painting a rosy picture.

CD: Du Blonde - Lung Bread for Daddy

Guy Oddy

Beth Jeans Houghton’s world seems to have been characterised by an over-supply of half-empty, small glasses of late – especially when it comes to romantic relationships with men. That’s not to say that she’s completely given up on half the globe’s population though, as she grudgingly admits that she’d “rather have a man than a coffee machine” on “Coffee Machine”.

CD: Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water

Katie Colombus

Avril Lavigne was the original Punk Pop Queen. Fearless, feisty and perfectly fitting for the early noughties as the manufactured antithesis of...

DVD: Tides

Graham Fuller

Tides tells of fortysomething angst and camaraderie, though “tells” might be an exaggeration. In a concerted attempt to make a film with minimal...

CD: Chaka Khan - Hello Happiness

Guy Oddy

Chaka Khan’s last album, 2007’s Funk This was billed as the Queen of Funk’s comeback after her 80s and 90s purple patch. But after its release, apart...

CD: Ladytron - Ladytron

Thomas H Green

Sterling and noisy comeback from Brit electro-pop dons

DVD/Blu-ray: Human Desire

Saskia Baron

Fritz Lang catches the noir train, a little late behind Zola and Renoir

CD: Ariana Grande - thank u, next

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Princess of pop bares her soul on hastily-dropped breakup album

CD: LCD Soundsystem – Electric Lady Sessions

Barney Harsent

James Murphy's post-punk disco outfit breathe new life into old favourites

CD: Kel Assouf - Black Tenere

Mark Kidel

Saharan fire burns but a little too relentlessly

CD: Leyla McCalla - The Capitalist Blues

Howard Male

A fully engaging third album that could have been too diverse for its own good

CD: Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

Kieron Tyler

Tribute to a Sixties masterpiece evokes the band's own classic album ‘Deserter's Songs’

Blu-ray: Diamonds of the Night

Graham Rickson

Jan Němec’s existential Czech New Wave thriller is visceral viewing

CD: Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere

Russ Coffey

The cranky Californian is back with his best album yet

CD: Ian Brown - Ripples

Guy Oddy

King Monkey makes a fine return to the fray

CD: The Specials - Encore

Thomas H Green

Neither awful, nor amazing, the ska icons' long-awaited comeback has its moments

DVD/Blu-ray: Rosa Luxemburg

Tom Birchenough

Personal and political worlds fuse in Margarethe von Trotta's heady revolutionary biopic

CD: MONO - Nowhere Now Here

Guy Oddy

Post-rock veterans ring the changes on their 10th album - but only marginal ones

Blu-ray: De Niro & De Palma - The Early Films

Thomas H Green

Sometimes intriguing pre-fame 1960s work of two Hollywood giants

CD: Girlpool - What Chaos Is Imaginary

Lisa-Marie Ferla

LA duo's musical world expands still further

CD: Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

Jo Southerd

Returning album blossoms with high emotion and hypnotic glimmer

CD: James Blake - Assume Form

Katie Colombus

Figurehead of blubstep grows up

CD: Que Vola - Que Vola

Thomas H Green

French-Cuban Afro-jazz mission that exudes originality and energy

CD: Trevor Horn – Trevor Horn Reimagines the Eighties (feat. The Sarm Orchestra)

Barney Harsent

The producer covers hits with strings and gets in a terrible mess

CD: Backstreet Boys - DNA

Ellie Porter

The gazillion-selling pop survivors are, you've guessed it, back again

DVD/Blu-ray: Alpha

Graham Rickson

Thrills, spills and sentiment in prehistoric boy-meets-wolf epic

CD: Kikok - Sauna

Thomas H Green

Ear-pleasing retro synth sounds from an obscure corner of Russia

CD: The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All the Time

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Scottish miserabilists remind you why you fell for them in the first place

CD: The Dandy Warhols - Why You So Crazy

Guy Oddy

Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s crew get spaced out

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