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New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home

Tim Cumming

Willie’s new album opens with the singer calling out to all the tired old horses saved from the knackers and put out to pasture. It’s not just something he does in song, but in life. It’s co-written with Sonny Throckmorton, an old mucker of the Zen cowboy’s who lives next to Nelson’s Luck studio in Texas – and next door, too, to the ‘stud’ of 60 or so retired horses saved by Nelson from the slaughterhouse and given a retirement home on his ranch.

CD: Jane Weaver - Loops in the Secret Society

Kieron Tyler

If contemplated without a context, Loops in the Secret Society initially appears to be a bold 68-minute, double-album fusion of Hawkwind’s hum and whir, Krautrock insistence, spacey electronica and folky otherness. Jane Weaver’s voice is disembodied, as if in a trance.

CD: Madonna - Madame X

Veronica Lee

Madonna is the queen of reinvention and Madame X, her 14th studio album, marks another new brilliant, bonkers chapter in her 37-year career. The 13-...

CD: Hollywood Vampires – Rise

Asya Draganova

Four years after their debut album, the American supergroup the Hollywood Vampires has reached a new musical level with Rise while maintaining a...

Blu-ray: My Brilliant Career

Saskia Baron

Revisiting Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career for the first time since I saw it in its year of release, 1979, is a mixed experience. I...

CD: Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

Russ Coffey

The Boss shows his smooth side

CD: Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps and Lessons

Thomas H Green

Dynamic force in British poetry takes a bleak left turn that's sometimes musically flat

DVD: Sink

Tom Birchenough

Stark social drama about struggling to survive in a new East London world

CD: Calexico and Iron & Wine - Years to Burn

Kieron Tyler

Renewal of the partnership between Americana stalwarts offers few surprises

CD: Avicii - TIM

Joe Muggs

The soul of extreme musical populism bared, heartbreakingly

CD: Jamie Cullum - Taller

Peter Quinn

A divertingly eclectic set of originals from the all-embracing singer-songwriter

Blu-ray: Track 29

Graham Fuller

The Dennis Potter-Nicolas Roeg collaboration that tapped Gary Oldman's early genius

CD: Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds - Singing It All Back Home: Appalachian Ballads of English and Scottish Origin

Liz Thomson

First-rate folk music that defines that special relationship

CD: Santana – Africa Speaks

Barney Harsent

The legendary guitarist gets personal and has fun doing it

CD: Peter Perrett - Humanworld

Tim Cumming

A powerful second album confirms The Only Ones' singer's surprising resurrection

CD: Fujiya & Miyagi – Flashback

Barney Harsent

Brighton's motorik genre hoppers make great strides forward by looking back

Blu-ray: The Best of British Transport Films

Graham Rickson

Improbably enjoyable celebration of UK transport infrastructure

CD: Richard Hawley - Further

Guy Oddy

South Yorkshire’s King of Cool takes it easy

CD: Youssou N'Dour - History

Mark Kidel

Golden voice of Africa: over-produced

CD: Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith - The Peyote Dance

Tim Cumming

Peyote, poetry and a voyage to the otherworld with Patti Smith

Blu-ray: The Night of the Generals

Mark Kidel

Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif star in pedestrian Nazi-infested 1960s murder mystery

CD: Morrissey - California Son

Thomas H Green

An often ear-pleasing covers album, but from a singer who urgently needs an artistic statement that clarifies his worldview

CD: Honeyblood - In Plain Sight

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Stina Tweeddale goes solo on tricksy third album

Blu-ray: The Woman in the Window

Graham Fuller

Fritz Lang conjures a homicide that enmeshes a timid professor with another man's slinky mistress

CD: Sting - My Songs

Russ Coffey

Mr Sumner updates his impressive back catalogue... slightly

CD: Flying Lotus - Flamagra

Joe Muggs

Californian beat scene monarch continues his cosmic drift

CD: The Waterboys - Where the Action Is

Guy Oddy

Mike Scott muses on his youthful musical, literary and geographical influences

DVD/Blu-ray: Maurice

Tom Birchenough

Merchant Ivory's celebrated EM Forster adaptation hits home with new maturity

CD: Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

Joe Muggs

The Canadian global cult pop star lets her songs breathe

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