sat 24/07/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Anne-Marie - Therapy

Thomas H Green

Anne-Marie Nicholson is a hard-working young woman from Essex whose career description is “Global Girl-next-door Pop Star”. She has incrementally worked her way there, attended the marketing meetings. Anyone requiring a CV that exemplifies the steady, data-farmed, disciplined path to contemporary major label pop stardom, should look to hers.

Album: Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere

Liz Thomson

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 50 years since I splurged a day’s Saturday pay on For Everyman, Jackson Browne’s second album. The title track alone was worth it. A couple of years on and Late for the Sky yielded “Before the Deluge” and “Fountain of Sorrow”.

Album: Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound

Nick Hasted

The sleeve splices Little Richard and Sam Cooke in an archaic, explosive burst of ecstasy. Neo-soul star Leon Bridges’ third album doesn’t settle in...

Album: Peyton - PSA

Joe Muggs

For 25 years now, LA label Stones Throw records has become one of the most reliable brands in music. It began with, and has always been associated...

Blu-ray: Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love...

Graham Rickson

What we don’t learn about filmmaker Harry Birrell is as tantalising as what is actually revealed during the course of Matt Pinder’s beguiling 90-...

Album: Darkside - Spiral

Guy Oddy

Nicolas Jaar embraces melodies while keeping things decidedly mellow

Album: David Crosby - For Free

Liz Thomson

Age has not withered him

Album: Wavves - Hideaway

Nick Hasted

Ripped and torn emotions as pop-punks return to roots

Album: Craig Fortnam - Ark

Joe Muggs

The mossy language of psychedelic folk proves strangely new

Album: Gary Kemp - Insolo

Thomas H Green

Unlistenably middle-of-the-road post-prog bland-fest from Spandau Ballet songwriter

Blu-ray: The Night of the Hunter

Graham Rickson

Charles Laughton’s only film as a director is a dark thriller, both poetic and chilling

Album: Chet Faker - Hotel Surrender

Mark Kidel

Mellow and feel-good white soul

Album: Tones and I - Welcome to the Madhouse

Thomas H Green

Debut full album from Australian hit-maker is heartfelt and jovially characterful

Album: Jam & Lewis - Vol. 1

Joe Muggs

The world-bestriding production duo pour some sugar on it

Album: Tom Odell - Monsters

Nick Hasted

Growing singer-songwriter seeks depression's roots

Blu-ray: West 11

Graham Rickson

A Notting Hill noir - Michael Winner's breakthrough is flawed but fascinating

Album: Stone Giants - West Coast Love Stories

Guy Oddy

Brazilian electronic musician and producer Amon Tobin gently trips out

Album: Härtel Trübsbach - Great Again

Sebastian Scotney

Great viola playing combining heavenly and daemonic

Album: Emma-Jean Thackray - Yellow

Joe Muggs

Leeds via London jazz of the most audaciously cosmic kind

Album: Laura Mvula - Pink Noise

Peter Quinn

Mvula's love letter to the Eighties is a heartfelt tour de force

Album: Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth - Utopian Ashes

Nick Hasted

Doomed love ruefully dissected by an appealing odd couple

Album: Kevin Richard Martin - Return to Solaris

Guy Oddy

The Bug’s mainman takes an unsettling trip into outer space

Album: Jack Savoretti - Europiana

Liz Thomson

Sun, sand and synth pop

Album: The Grid & Robert Fripp - Leviathan

John Bungey

The veteran Balearic dance popsters and the one-man guitar orchestra have a whale of a time

Album: John Grant - Boy From Michigan

Kieron Tyler

Ruminative fifth album from the prickly singer-songwriter

Blu-ray: Flowers of Shanghai

Daniel Baksi

Hsiao-hsien's period piece is the director at his most dazzling

Album: Angélique Kidjo - Mother Nature

Tim Cumming

The Grammy winner's album of new songs for a new Africa

Album: Kings of Convenience - Peace or Love

Barney Harsent

The folk-pop duo return with an album that's occasionally too smooth to soothe

Album: Mykki Blanco - Broken Hearts and Beauty Sleep

Thomas H Green

Groundbreaking MC showcases increasing variety on their second album

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