thu 18/04/2024

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Pearl Jam - Dark Matter

Tom Carr

Thirty years, and over 75 million copies sold. It’s been a long journey from Nineties Seattle for Pearl Jam, the grunge era icons fronted by Eddie Vedder's commanding vocals.

Album: Paraorchestra with Brett Anderson and Charles Hazlewood - Death Songbook

Kieron Tyler

Death Songbook is, says Charles Hazlewood, founder, artistic director and conductor of Paraorchestra, an album of “music which is about death, or the death of love, about loss, about anxiety.” Suede’s Brett Anderson, on board for this endeavour, notes “I've always found dark material more inspiring than upbeat songs. Upbeat songs always make me depressed somehow. I've always liked those songs that deal with the murkier sides of life.”

Blu-ray/DVD: Priscilla

Harry Thorfinn-George

There’s a scene in Priscilla where Elvis stands above his wife, who is scrambling to put her clothes in a suitcase. Priscilla has just confronted him...

Album: EMEL - MRA

Thomas H Green

At a time when conflicts in the Middle East are reaching fever pitch, Emel Mathlouthi represents hope. Her new album MRA, is titled for the Arabic...

Album: A Certain Ratio - It All Comes Down to This

Guy Oddy

After a long period of relative inactivity, the last five years has had A Certain Ratio getting the bit between their teeth, trying out new sounds...

Album: Maggie Rogers - Don't Forget Me

Tom Carr

Rogers continues her knack for capturing natural moments, embracing a more live sound

Album: Lizz Wright - Shadow

Mark Kidel

Brilliant album from superlative vocalist

Album: Shabaka - Perceive its Beauty, Acknowledge its Grace

Sebastian Scotney

A quiet and reflective breakthrough

Blu-ray: Happy End (Šťastný konec)

Graham Rickson

Technically brilliant black comedy hasn't aged well

Album: Nia Archives - Silence is Loud

Joe Muggs

Sweeping up generations' worth of influences into a giddy pop rush

Album: Fabiana Palladino - Fabiana Palladino

Harry Thorfinn-George

A remarkably sleek and sophisticated debut

Album: Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties - In Lieu of Flowers

Ellie Roberts

Aaron West’s carefully crafted next chapter is storytelling at its finest

Album: Khruangbin - A LA SALA

Joe Muggs

Same old same old, and all the better for it

Album: The Black Keys - Ohio Players

Tom Carr

A safe, contained album from a band that made its mark with searing blues rock

Album: The Libertines - All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade

Tim Cumming

The riotous spirits of the Noughties mellow into a surprising maturity

Album: Beyoncé - Cowboy Carter

Mark Kidel

So much more than an Country album

Album: Anoushka Shankar - Chapter II: How Dark It Is Before Dawn

Liz Thomson

A sonic journey through space and time

Album: Jane Weaver - Love In Constant Spectacle

Kieron Tyler

The most welcoming album to date from Greater Manchester’s musical individualist

Album: Ride - Interplay

Joe Muggs

Oxford indie kings not only on form, but breaking new ground

Album: Sum 41 - Heaven :x: Hell

Ellie Roberts

A bittersweet goodbye album from the Pop Punk legends

DVD/Blu-ray: Padre Pio

Nick Hasted

Shia LaBeouf stars in Abel Ferrara's latest grungy spiritual quest, earthed by landscape and politics

Album: Sheryl Crow - Evolution

Guy Oddy

The song remains pretty much the same for US soft rocker

Album: High Llamas - Hey Panda

Kieron Tyler

Former Microdisney mainstay Sean O’Hagan reshapes his music

Album: Waxahatchee - Tigers Blood

Cheri Amour

Soaked in Southern spirit, the Alabama-born songwriter embraces her country era

Album: The Jesus and Mary Chain - Glasgow Eyes

Joe Muggs

A remarkable Indian summer for East Kilbride's finest

Blu-ray: Beautiful Thing

Graham Rickson

Much-loved film adaptation of a classic 1990s play has aged well

Album: Elbow - Audio Vertigo

Kathryn Reilly

Another impressive release from the men not afraid to emote

Album: Julia Holter - Something in the Room She Moves

Mark Kidel

An adventure in dreams

Album: Kim Gordon - The Collective

Thomas H Green

Second album by ex-Sonic Youth-er and producer Justin Raisen maintains their jagged trajectory


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