thu 21/10/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Elton John, The Lockdown Sessions - review

Liz Thomson

I always thought those celebrity duets albums, recorded across the miles – or sometimes with someone who had long since passed to the great arena in the sky – were generally fraudulent, always cheesy and sometimes mawkish. Now Covid and eighteen months of forced separation have legitimised them, and all sorts of other things to boot.

Blu-ray: La Dolce Vita

Mark Kidel

One of those films weighed down by a considerable reputation, La Dolce Vita (1960) is rarely taken as seriously as it should be. From the very first sequence in which a figure of Christ sails across Rome’s skies, suspended from a helicopter, a sensational image that summed up the spiritual bankruptcy of the time, until the last when an innocent and beautiful girl smiles quizically in close-up, this is a deeply moral film.

Album: Young Thug - Punk

Harry Thorfinn-George

From underground curiosity to cult icon, now label head and superstar, Atlanta’s Young Thug has continued to reinvent himself, as well as rap at...

Album: Jarvis Cocker – Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top

Kathryn Reilly

Wes Anderson and Jarvis Cocker do 1960s French pop – this frothy confection couldn’t be any more “art school” if it were smoking a gauloise in a...

Album: Coldplay - Music Of The Spheres

Nick Hasted

Chris Martin has talked, not for the first time, of this finally being the Coldplay era of “no rules or fear”. Swedish pop producer Max Martin (The...

Album: Finneas - Optimist

Joe Muggs

Brother and collaborator of one of the biggest stars on earth steps out on his own

Album: Pokey LaFarge - In the Blossom of Their Shade

Liz Thomson

Pokey's lockdown escape

Blu-ray: The Lighthouse (Mayak)

Graham Rickson

Subdued, elegiac meditation on wartime life in the Caucasus

Album: Santana - Blessings and Miracles

Mark Kidel

Latin Jazz pioneer hampered by a surfeit of brilliant guests

Album: James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart

Thomas H Green

Our James Blake-phobic reviewer has to admit the singer's latest has much to admire

Album: The Courettes - Back In Mono

Guy Oddy

Garage rock revivalists go-go girl group crazy

Album: Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under

Joe Muggs

The Geordie stadium singer-songwriter unleashes fury while maturing his sound

Album: Ministry - Moral Hygiene

Guy Oddy

Uncle Al raises a battle flag against the US political right-wing

DVD/Blu-ray: Another Round

Saskia Baron

Thomas Vinterberg's superbly ambivalent drama about drinking in Denmark

Album: Efterklang - Windflowers

Kieron Tyler

The Danish art-poppers balance the tension between reserve and forthrightness

DVD/Blu-ray: Maigret - The Complete Series

Graham Rickson

Entertaining, idiomatic Simenon adaptation, brilliantly cast

Album: BADBADNOTGOOD - Talk Memory

Nick Hasted

Jazz/hip-hop mavericks' psychedelic voyage has a Hollywood ending

Album: Vangelis - Juno to Jupiter

Thomas H Green

The septuagenarian electronic don maintains his course to the stars

Album: The Specials - Protest Songs 1924 - 2012

Thomas H Green

Raw, spirited covers set featuring well-chosen songs of dissent and satire

Album: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love for Sale

Sebastian Scotney

A new Tony Bennett album...at 95

Blu-ray: Johnny Guitar

Saskia Baron

Nicholas Ray's operatic Western gets the revival treatment

Album: Catherine Graindorge - Eldorado

Mark Kidel

Ambient reflections on lockdown and death

Album: Black Dice - Mod Prog Sic

Joe Muggs

Twenty-three years into their career, the raw electronic trio get to the hub of things

Album: Amon Tobin - How Do You Live

Thomas H Green

Perennial electronic wizard pushes yet further into unexplored, sometimes loud, always compulsive terrain

Album: Nao - And Then Life Was Beautiful

Harry Thorfinn-George

The soulful singer goes for a more organic musical approach on her third album

Album: Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham

Nick Hasted

A lovely reckoning with ambiguity, loss and Fleetwood Mac by their exiled leader

DVD/Blu-ray: The Servant

Nick Hasted

Downton Abbey goes to hell: Dirk Bogarde captures the first of the three Losey-Pinter collaborations

Album: Public Service Broadcasting - Bright Magic

Guy Oddy

Willgoose and Wrigglesworth celebrate Berlin

Album: Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner's Mind

Katie Colombus

An intriguing album of music inspired by film

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