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New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Yoko Ono - Warzone

Guy Oddy

There is no doubt that the hippies of the late 60s and early 70s gifted the world a horde of beautiful music before they finally slipped into a dope cloud of tedious self-satisfaction. Despite what some might claim, it’s hard to view Yoko Ono’s songs as part of this treasure trove and easy to suspect that she would now be viewed as a footnote in the history of the avant garde art world, if not for her place in the Beatles’ mythology.

DVD/Blu-ray: The Comfort of Strangers

Tom Birchenough

“There’s a lot of weirdness I didn’t want explained,” Paul Schrader reveals at one point in a new director’s commentary to his 1990 film.

CD: Karine Polwart – Laws of Motion

Tim Cumming

Karine Polwart has a stellar track record as a pop and folk songwriter and interpreter of traditional songs, from Malinky through a solo career that...

CD: Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics

Barney Harsent

Collaboration clearly suits Neneh Cherry. From co-writing with husband Cameron McVey, to projects with Youssou N’Dour, her band cirKus, The Thing and...

DVD: A Moment in the Reeds

Tom Birchenough

Mikko Makela’s debut feature is as sheerly concentrated a piece of filmmaking as you can imagine. The Finnish director – previously better known as...

CD: Jess Glynne - Always In Between

Katie Colombus

A couple of standouts in an otherwise bland mix

CD: Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

Thomas H Green

Rising alt-Americana artist continues to consolidate his reputation

CD: Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Out of Touch

Kieron Tyler

Prolific Finnish sonic auteur favours style over impact

CD: Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground

Ellie Porter

The guitarist and songwriter has lost none of his blistering rage

CD: John Grant – Love Is Magic

Barney Harsent

The singer-songwriter is on fine form on an immensely rewarding fourth album

DVD/Blu-ray: The Miraculous Virgin

Tom Birchenough

More than mystifying: Slovak Surrealism of totalitarian character

VOD: That Good Night

Tom Birchenough

John Hurt's screen swansong gives crusty weight to scrappy script

CD: You Me At Six - VI

Thomas H Green

Well-established rockers are new to our dubious reviewer but he's impressed

CD: Echo & the Bunnymen - The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon

Guy Oddy

The Bunnymen indulge in some pointless self-harm

CD: KT Tunstall - Wax

Joe Muggs

Sometimes the middle of the road is no bad place to be...

CD: Jessica Sligter - Polycrisis: yes!

Kieron Tyler

Disquieting commentary on Europe’s downward spiral

DVD/Blu-ray: Zama

Tom Birchenough

Argentinian auteur Lucrecia Martel mesmerises with depiction of the chaos of colonialism

CD: Cat Power - Wanderer

Guy Oddy

Chan Marshall’s tenth album is a haunting thing of great beauty

CD: Nile Rodgers & Chic - It's About Time

Thomas H Green

Very daytime Radio 1 but the disco kingpin's comeback album has just enough pizzazz to stand up

DVD/Blu-ray: Iceman

Graham Rickson

Prehistoric revenge thriller, with lots of hollering

CD: Cher - Dancing Queen

Jo Southerd

A shameless celebration of all that glitters

CD: Rod Stewart - Blood Red Roses

Mark Kidel

An old hitmaker won't ever let you down

CD: Tim Hecker - Konoyo

Joe Muggs

Long avant narratives and moments of shimmering beauty from Canadian-Japanese collaboration

CD: Mudhoney - Digital Garbage

Barney Harsent

Grunge's unsung pioneers sound vital as ever

DVD/Blu-ray: The Breadwinner

Graham Rickson

Riveting animated tale of life under Taliban rule

CD: Prince - Piano and a Microphone 1983

Joe Muggs

Is this a glimmer of hope that treatment of the Paisley Park archives is going to be respectful?

CD: Christine and the Queens - Chris

Katie Colombus

Empowering alt-pop that refuses definition

DVD: Mario

Tom Birchenough

Keeping the game straight: Swiss youth drama tells how football treats its gay players

CD: Malcolm Middleton - Bananas

Thomas H Green

Scotland's great mordant romantic returns to his songwriting roots


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