sun 05/02/2023

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Shania Twain - Queen of Me

Liz Thomson

Shania Twain describes her sixth studio album as “a song of gratitude and appreciation. I was inspired that I still had air in my lungs” – and it certainly is a hi-energy affair, a long way from The Woman in Me, the sophomore outing that established her as “the queen of country-pop”. Twain’s come a long way from the mining and lumbering towns of her Ontario childhood – literally and metaphorically, for home is now on Lake Geneva.

Album: The Waeve - The Waeve

Thomas H Green

The Waeve is the debut album from life partners Rose Elinor Dougall (long ago in The Pipettes) and Graham Coxon (of Blur), working with James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco), who co-produces and provides occasional bits of instrumentation. Their album is a woozy thing, underpinned with analogue synths and elegant Krautrockin’ rhythms, emanating a mystic melancholia.

Album: Lisa O'Neill - All of This Is Chance

Tim Cumming

Lisa O’Neill is a part of the new wave of Irish contemporary folk artists, one that encompasses the likes of Lankum, Ye Vagabonds and John Francis...

Blu-ray: The War Trilogy - Three Films by Andrzej...

Graham Rickson

Watching these harrowing films in rapid succession allows us to watch a great director’s confidence develop at close hand; though 1955’s A Generation...

Album: Robert Forster - The Candle and the Flame

Kieron Tyler

Reflections on how the past relates to now suffuse The Candle and the Flame. The album’s closing track is “When I Was a Young Man.” When he was 21,...

DVD: Babylon Berlin, Season Four

David Nice

Golden threads through a labyrinth of Weimar Republic corruption

Album: Sebastian Rochford, Kit Downes - A Short Diary

Sebastian Scotney

An album of grieving. And solace. And real class

Album: Deathprod - Compositions

Joe Muggs

Norwegian ambient abstraction just keeps on keeping on

Album: Låpsley - Cautionary Tales of Youth

Thomas H Green

Alt-easy listening electronic not-pop themed around heartbreak but lacking songs

DVD: Oscar Peterson - Black + White

Sebastian Scotney

Barry Avrich’s documentary celebrates the music and career of the great jazz pianist

Blu-ray: The Velvet Underground

Nick Hasted

Todd Haynes' doc embodies the time-bending cultural ferment which fused the VU

Album: Silverlake - Jim Rockford’s Smile

Guy Oddy

Psychedelic soul and sultry disco to keep hips moving

Album: Måneskin - Rush!

Tim Cumming

Raucous, gritty Roman rockers release their third album

Album: Biig Piig - Bubblegum

Joe Muggs

Punchy statement of intent for the Irish pop self-starter

Album: John Cale - Mercy

Mark Kidel

Welsh octogenerian's avant-garde adventures

Blu-ray: Reservoir Dogs

Nick Hasted

Tarantino's debut's sly technique and visceral violence still grip in 4K

Album: Ghost Woman - Anne, If

Kieron Tyler

Musically literate Canadian’s second album evokes unintended parallels

Album: Billy Nomates - Cacti

Cheri Amour

The Bristol songwriter’s sophomore album is a survival story, reviving us for what lies ahead

Album: The Subways - Uncertain Joys

Guy Oddy

A changed three-piece return from their eight-year hiatus

Album: Ladytron - Time's Arrow

Guy Oddy

Electro goths provide a dense cinematic soundtrack to these dystopian times

Album: Iggy Pop - Every Loser

Thomas H Green

The Ig returns with a short, catchy album of California-touched, punk-tinted rock

Blu-ray: Croupier

Mark Kidel

A masterpiece from the late Mike Hodges, giant of British cinema

Album: Lucas Santtana - O Paraiso

Mark Kidel

A timely hymn to nature from Brazil

Album: Juni Habel - Carvings

Kieron Tyler

Norwegian singer-songwriter’s second album stays firmly in the twilight

Album: CVC - Get Real

Thomas H Green

Rising Welsh live phenomenon are catchy but cutesy on record

Albums of the Year 2022: caroline - caroline

Harry Thorfinn-George

caroline's Rough Trade debut arrived fully formed

Blu-ray: Nil by Mouth

Saskia Baron

Gary Oldman's sole film as a director casts a cool eye on the London of his youth

Albums of the Year 2022: Beyoncé - Renaissance

Katie Colombus

Queen Bey keeps the dream alive for women everywhere

Albums of the Year 2022: Maggie Rogers - Surrender

Tom Carr

Rogers broke through a sea of rock and metal with her intimate, personal second album

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