tue 29/09/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Blu-ray: Beau Travail

Tom Birchenough

This fifth feature from Claire Denis must surely be the director’s most sheerly concentrated film.

Album: Groove Armada - Edge of the Horizon

Thomas H Green

Alongside Basement Jaxx, Groove Armada were one of the last big acts to blossom from the 1990s boom in clubland and DJ culture. They are responsible for bona fide classics in “Superstylin’”, “At the River” and “I See You Baby”, and also founded the Lovebox Festival, which was named after their fourth album.

Album: Róisín Murphy - Róisín Machine

Joe Muggs

This is a musical homecoming for Róisín Murphy, both geographically and figuratively. She may have been raised in Dublin and spent her gig-going...

Album: Corey Taylor - CMFT

Guy Oddy

The graveyard of tedious musical vanity projects – and the bargain bins of many record shops – is filled with solo albums by the lead vocalists of...

DVD/Blu-ray: Mademoiselle

Mark Kidel

Mademoiselle is Jeanne Moreau, in smouldering femme fatale mode: a school-teacher and town hall secretary in a small French village, she wreaks havoc...

Album: Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension

Mark Kidel

A brilliant song cycle for our times

Blu-ray: This Gun for Hire

Graham Fuller

The patchy film noir that made Alan Ladd a screen phenomenon

Album: This Dream of You – Diana Krall

Sebastian Scotney

An unsatisfactory postscript to the Krall/LiPuma years

Album: Alicia Keys - Alicia

Joe Muggs

A confident return from the megastar polymath, but does it hint at something more?

Album: Fish - Weltschmerz

Russ Coffey

Derek W Dick's last hurrah is a mix of successes and excesses

DVD/Blu-ray: Where Does a Body End?

Guy Oddy

Post-punk giants Swans’ documentary is a fascinating trawl through the band’s first 35 years

Album: Marilyn Manson - WE ARE CHAOS

Russ Coffey

The Antichrist Superstar softens up

Blu-ray: Beanpole

Tom Birchenough

Bleakness of story mediated by fragile visual beauty in outstanding Russian arthouse period offering

Album: Toots & the Maytals - Got to be Tough

Guy Oddy

Toots back on fine form in what has become his final album

Album: Ammar 808 - Global Control/ Invisible Invasion

Mark Kidel

Fusion between the Maghreb and South India that's so good it explodes

Album: Doves - The Universal Want

Barney Harsent

The Manchester three-piece end a decade-long hiatus in style

Album: Allison Neale - Quietly There

Sebastian Scotney

A completely delightful album

Blu-ray: Walkabout

Saskia Baron

Fifty years on from its original release, Nicolas Roeg's solo debut gets a stunning restoration

Album: Suzanne Vega - An Evening of New York Songs and Stories

Liz Thomson

Tom's Diner by way of Cafe Carlyle

Album: Rui Ho - Lov3 & L1ght

Joe Muggs

Dayglo experimental pop from Chinese artist in Berlin

The Rolling Stones' Goats Head Soup 2020 - old-time decadence revisited

Tim Cumming

A tasty 1970s Rolling Stones classic is revived with added ingredients

Album: Declan McKenna - Zeros

Thomas H Green

Second album from young prodigy contains some solid songs but suffers from crassly overboard production

Album: Tricky - Fall to Pieces

Mark Kidel

Moody vignettes transform pain into beauty

Blu-ray: Show Boat (1936)

Graham Fuller

Paul Robeson's few scenes dominate James Whale's great backstage musical

Album: Throwing Muses - Sun Racket

Guy Oddy

An earthy and disorientating return for the Boston trio

Blu-ray: Safety Last!

Graham Rickson

Terrifying and exhilarating - one of the greatest silent comedies returns

CD: Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith - Peradam

Tim Cumming

The third in a beguiling trilogy of immersive albums

Album: Katy Perry - Smile

Joe Muggs

Is it possible to grow up in public when you're at the top of the celebrity tree?

Album: Disclosure - ENERGY

Thomas H Green

Great selection of guests add up to a decent, if sometimes predictable, album from the house revivalists

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