sun 20/10/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: PJ Harvey - All About Eve (Original Music)

Mark Kidel

PJ Harvey is not just a consummate rock musician but a multi-talented artist, who has re-invented herself throughout her career. She paints and makes sculpture, has participated with Artangel in an ambitious art installation, and written and performed theatre and film music.

CD: Allah-Las - LAHS

Kieron Tyler

It’s unfortunate that LAHS’s opening track is titled “Holding Pattern” as the album only achieves lift off with its ninth cut “Light Yearly”, a chugging workout with spiralling guitar and echoes of Sixties folk rock if it were refracted through an opaque crystal.

CD: Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost...

Mark Kidel

Foals, the band with a trademark sound characterised by the African-style intricate interplay of rhythm rather than lead guitars, returns with what...

CD: James Arthur - You

Lisa-Marie Ferla

It’s an easy joke to suggest that James Arthur needs an editor. By this point, the 31-year-old singer is almost as famous for his lyrical mis-steps...

CD: Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody's Knocking

Kieron Tyler

Spaghetti Western guitar, rumbling bass, a rattling keyboard pulse and an unyielding forward thrust combine to delineate Somebody's Knocking’s...

CD: Jacques Greene - Dawn Chorus

Thomas H Green

Housey electronic suite from Toronto producer is gently alluring

CD: Elbow - Giants of All Sizes

Nick Hasted

Brutal times put Guy Garvey at bay

CD: Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel

Guy Oddy

Adrenalin-soaked wild abandon from the bass and drum duo

DVD: Do Not Adjust Your Set / At Last The 1948 Show

Graham Rickson

What the Pythons did first: the remnants of two iconic 1960s shows, restored with respect

CD: Babymetal - Metal Galaxy

Katie Colombus

Heavy metal meets cutesy Kawaii in an incongruous and deeply baffling blend

CD: 808 State - Transmission Suite

Thomas H Green

First album in 17 years from Mancunian electronic innovators is an engaging retro-futurist ear-journey

CD: Mika - My Name is Michael Holbrook

Joe Muggs

The arch ostentatiousness and grandiosity of Mika's pop are all still intact

CD: Wilco - Ode to Joy

Nick Hasted

Love in the time of Trump

CD: The Menzingers - Hello Exile

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Pennsylvania punks channel ageing disgracefully into grown-up punk rock

CD: Tonbruket - Masters of Fog

Tim Cumming

Swedish quartet celebrates 10 years with fifth jazz-rock fusion album

CD: The Darkness – Easter is Cancelled

Guy Oddy

The comedy metallers are back with a smirk

CD: Tegan & Sara - Hey I'm Just Like You

Katie Colombus

The twins revisit high school

CD: Trentemøller - Obverse

Joe Muggs

Danish noir star reassesses his methods

CD: 65daysofstatic - replicr, 2019

Mark Kidel

Hiding the flame of passion under the bushel of math

Blu-ray: High Noon

Graham Fuller

Fred Zinnemann's searing allegorical masterpiece about the McCarthy witch-hunts

CD: The New Pornographers – In the Morse Code of Brake Lights

Nick Hasted

Neko Case substantially contributes to more allusive art-pop

CD: Rachid Taha - Je suis africain

Mark Kidel

The casbah rocks - from the grave

CD: Keane - Cause And Effect

Nick Hasted

Tim Rice-Oxley's break-up reunites his band with songcraft and synth-pop

CD: Liam Gallagher - Why Me? Why Not.

Russ Coffey

The songs may remain the same, but the delivery has a little more charm

CD: Renée Zellweger - Judy

Thomas H Green

The film star does a fine job interpreting a host of Garland classics

CD: Tove Lo - Sunshine Kitty

Thomas H Green

Forthright relationship-centred lyricism combined with elegant electronic pop to winning effect

CD: Mudhoney - Morning in America

Guy Oddy

A fearsome State of the Nation address by Mark Arm’s grunge veterans

CD: Charli XCX - Charli

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Futuristic pop pioneer bares her soul, with a little help from her friends

CD: Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love

Kieron Tyler

Genre-busting Norwegian co-opts trance music to examine the impacts of ageing


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