wed 25/04/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Blossoms - Cool Like You

Thomas H Green

Blossoms are the latest inheritors of the massive-in-Manchester mantle that has, so often in the past, translated into massive-almost-everywhere ubiquity. That their eponymous 2016 debut album was a chart-topper shows they’re on the way, although they’ve not yet mustered a single that’s thrown them to the next level. The surprise when they first appeared was that, although they look indie and have fans such as Ian Brown of The Stone Roses, their sound was a blend of polished yacht-rock and...

DVD/Blu-ray: The Touch

David Nice

The touch is not always light here. Swathes of clunking, cliché-ridden English dialogue threaten to make the star-crossed lovers look ridiculous, and one of them (Elliott Gould) can be a wooden actor at times.

CD: Oliver Way - From The Shadows

Thomas H Green

There’s a regular problem with techno albums. The DJ-producers who make them are usually so deeply embedded in club techno that when it comes to...

CD: Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Tim Cumming

Willie Nelson turned 85 at the end of April, a few days after releasing his latest album and a rare set of self-penned new songs, Last Man Standing...

DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman's The Magic Flute

David Nice

Opera on film's most magical offering, better by some way than Joseph Losey's cinematically tricksy Don Giovanni, at last makes it to Region 2 in...

CD: Dylan Carlson - Conquistador

Guy Oddy

Earth mainman lays down some minimalist desert blues

CD: Jenny Wilson - Exorcism

Kieron Tyler

Sexual assault and its aftermath are chronicled with chilling precision

Blu-ray: Andrey Zvyagintsev - The Return / The Banishment

Mark Kidel

The first two films from the Russian master of the human abyss

CD: Mark Peters – Innerland

Barney Harsent

The former Engineer turns cartographer on a simple yet articulate instrumental journey

CD: Glymjack - Light the Evening Fire

Thomas H Green

Singer-songwriter Greg McDonald's new folk project is a well-conceived treat

CD: Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Paradox

Mark Kidel

Weak soundtrack album lets Neil Young down

DVD: Blood and Glory

Jasper Rees

Rare film in Afrikaans dramatises the birth of Springbok rugby in a brutal British internment camp

CD: Manic Street Preachers - Resistance is Futile

Russ Coffey

The Welsh rockers' 13th album is philosophical and exciting

CD: National Jazz Trio of Scotland - Standards Vol.IV

Thomas H Green

Scottish alt-jazz institution Bill Wells continues his explorations

DVD/Download: Lies We Tell

Graham Rickson

Uneven but brave attempt at Yorkshire noir

CD: Laura Veirs - The Lookout

Kieron Tyler

Assured 10th album from the American singer-songwriter

DVD/Blu-ray: An Actor's Revenge

Tom Birchenough

Japanese fascination in stage story told with overlapping plot strands, distinctive doubling

CD: Brazilian Girls - Let's Make Love

Howard Male

Back with a bang (and a few whimpers)

CD: Kylie Minogue - Golden

Joe Muggs

Nashville reinvention for the People's Princess doesn't sit well

CD: The Damned - Evil Spirits

Guy Oddy

UK punk first wavers prove they still have plenty in the tank

CD: Fenne Lily - On Hold

Thomas H Green

Rising singer has a striking voice that may be the making of her

CD: Sonido Gallo Negro - Mambo Cósmico

Mark Kidel

Healing energies from Mexico

CD: Eels - The Deconstruction

Javi Fedrick

Acoustic tenderness gets lost amongst middle-of-the-road musical wanderings

Blu-ray: Derek Jarman Collection, Vol One 1972-1986

Mark Kidel

Voyage through an alchemical universe: the magical realm of a flawed English genius

CD: Owen Broder - Heritage

Peter Quinn

Americana meets modern jazz in collection of striking originals and inspired reworkings

CD: Napalm Death - Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs

Joe Muggs

Midlands grindcore war machine still firing on all cylinders after all these years

DVD: Queerama

Owen Richards

A glorious film reclamation of Britain’s troubled gay past

CD: Mary Chapin Carpenter - Sometimes Just the Sky

Liz Thomson

Thirty years' worth of pearls from the Mary Chapin Carpenter jewel box

CD: Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Seedlings All

Tim Cumming

Songs of emotional maturity from the art-folk duo

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