wed 22/08/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Neil & Liam Finn – Lightsleeper

Ellie Porter

Once pleasingly described on the Flight of the Conchords radio show as ‘the King of New Zealand’, Neil Finn has a new gift for his subjects (and the rest of the world, happily) in the form of this new album, which sees him recording with son Liam for the first time. 

DVD/Blu-ray: It Happened Here

Tom Birchenough

Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo’s It Happened Here surely deserves the acclaim often accorded it as “the most ambitious amateur film ever made”, and the rich supporting extras on this BFI dual-format release make clear why. Best of all is a 65-minute interview with Brownlow, in which he recounts how he set out in 1956, at the age of 18, to make this ambitious “alternative history” of England living under wartime Nazi collaboration.The development of the film – the 17-year-old Mollo came on...

CD: Jackie Oates - The Joy of Living

Liz Thomson

Birth and death are nowhere more entwined than in folk music, and the seventh album by Radio 2 Young Folk Award-winner Jackie Oates poignantly...

CD: Kate Nash - Yesterday Was Forever

Russ Coffey

Kate Nash is no quitter. For years her heavy London accent and kitchen-sink lyrics made her an easy target for mockery. Nash always brushed it off....

CD: Ariana Grande - Sweetener

Joe Muggs

This may be tempting fate, and minutes after publication of this she'll probably be arrested for stabbing a dog or something, but Ariana Grande seems...

DVD: Al Berto

Tom Birchenough

A poet emerges in the sensuous aftermath of Portugal's 1975 revolution

CD: Moskus - Mirakler

Kieron Tyler

Fourth album from a Norwegian trio with little regard for genre constraints

DVD: Arcadia

Mark Kidel

Weirdness celebrated and deconstructed: a poetic excursion into British nostalgia for a rural Eden

CD: Oh Sees - Smote Reverser

Owen Richards

Prog excellence that walks the line between mastery and excess

CD: Slaves - Acts of Fear And Love

Guy Oddy

Kentish punks tread water with their third

CD: Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - With Animals

Kieron Tyler

Spectral union of America’s master of melancholy and the British multi-instrumentalist

CD: Gorgon City - Escape

Thomas H Green

Fully functional, if predictable, return from pop-house duo

Blu-ray: La Belle et la bête

Graham Rickson

Iconic, influential cinematic fairytale, perfect for children of all ages

CD: Tom Baxter - The Other Side of Blue

Liz Thomson

After 10 years, Baxter breaks the silence

CD: Jake Shears - Jake Shears

Caspar Gomez

The Scissor Sisters' singer comes back solo at full fruity tilt

Blu-ray: Mishima - A Life in Four Chapters

Mark Kidel

Paul Schrader's masterpiece: a life lived as a work of art

CD: Death Grips - Year of the Snitch

Guy Oddy

Experimental hip-hoppers’ sixth album has plenty to chew on

CD: Gulp - All Good Wishes

Barney Harsent

A Super Furry Animal and friends return with a blissful follow-up

CD: Iggy Azalea - Survive the Summer

Joe Muggs

Australian-American good-times rapper sings the cultural appropriation blues

DVD: Western

Tom Birchenough

A German-Bulgarian joint venture with a very special cadence

CD: The Proclaimers - Angry Cyclist

Thomas H Green

Tenth album from Scottish pair has poetic teeth, righteous attitude and solid songs

CD: Dee Snider - For the Love of Metal

Thomas H Green

Over-the-top antics from one of heavy rock's hammiest old hands

CD: Bansangu Orchestra - Bansangu Orchestra

Peter Quinn

Joyous noises and fascinating rhythms from remarkable band of London's finest

CD: Echo Ladies – Pink Noise

Barney Harsent

A grown-up sound that perfectly encapsulates the problems of youth

CD: Jah Wobble - Dream World

Joe Muggs

Punk-dub-experimental bass behemoth and inveterate experimenter in introspective form

DVD/Blu-ray: Peter Rabbit

Graham Rickson

Frenetic Beatrix Potter update gives us a leporine the author could never have imagined

CD: All Saints - Testament

Thomas H Green

Nineties pop queens return with unforced aplomb. And William Orbit

CD: Skadedyr - Musikk!

Kieron Tyler

Magpie-minded smörgåsbord from Norway’s self-declared musical ‘pests’

DVD: That Summer

David Nice

Before 'Grey Gardens', Big and Little Edie Bouvier Beale welcome cousin Lee and friend

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