sat 24/08/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Taylor Swift - Lover

Lisa-Marie Ferla

If there's a central motif to the sprawling, 18-track opus that is Taylor Swift’s seventh release - and it’s an album that references both Drake and Springsteen, so it's hard to pin down - it first emerges in track three, the title track.

CD: Tanya Tucker - While I'm Livin'

Thomas H Green

When Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin released the former’s stripped back, soul-bearing American Recordings in 1994 the impact was massive. Not only did it show a way that country music could cross over to a much wider audience, the alt-rock crowd, for want of a better term, it also demonstrated a “pop musician” could reach a career peak at retirement age. Tanya Tucker had her first big hit at 13.

CD: Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold

Nick Hasted

This album’s title began as a reaction to fractiousness under Trump, but gained more intimate meaning when drummer Janet Weiss quit Sleater-Kinney...

CD: Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity - To Whom Buys a...

Kieron Tyler

To Whom Buys a Record roams through 12 crisply recorded pieces confirming that jazz which isn’t shy of acknowledging its heritage can still have an...

DVD/Blu-ray: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Graham Fuller

Fred Schepisi’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) was the Australian New Wave film that most rigorously confronted the cataclysmic effect of...

CD: New Model Army - From Here

Guy Oddy

Almost 40 years on and the Bradford post-punks are still gloomy

CD: Grenades - Primate

Thomas H Green

Debut from UK punk outfit shows black wit and sonic imagination

CD: Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place

Russ Coffey

The shoegaze legends' comeback is still going strong

The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru the Passion

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A joyous return to form from the world's best bar band

CD: Frank Turner - No Man's Land

Nick Hasted

A richly conceived, blandly executed history lesson

DVD: Are You Proud?

Tom Birchenough

A half-century of gay history recalled, with critical appraisal of the present

CD: ESE & The Vooduu People - Up in Smoke

Howard Male

Attitude is backed up by talent on Hendrix-inspired band's propulsive debut

CD: Bon Iver – i,i

Ellie Porter

Ta-da! Justin Vernon treats fans to an early release of his band's fourth album

CD: The Regrettes - How Do You Love?

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Teenage rockers deconstruct romantic relationships on second album

CD: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

Guy Oddy

The veteran Iowan misanthropes are in no danger of mellowing out

CD: PP Arnold - The New Adventures Of…

Kieron Tyler

Impressive though belated comeback from the ever-distinctive soul stylist


Joe Muggs

A powerfully affecting missive from the eternally introspective Planet Anticon

DVD/Blu-ray: Don't Look Now

Graham Fuller

Nicolas Roeg's melancholy masterpiece confronts grief and its ghosts

CD: Morganway - Morganway

Liz Thomson

A sextet set to go their own way

CD: Mabel - High Expectations

Thomas H Green

Run-of-the-mill debut from rising young pop star

CD: Volbeat - Rewind, Replay, Rebound

Russ Coffey

Scandinavian Elvis-metallers try out a new sound, with mixed results

CD: Karine Polwart - Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Scottish folk musician reinterprets classic and contemporary songs from her native land

CD: Cross Record - Cross Record

Thomas H Green

US singer-songwriter Emily Cross's latest is downtempo, dreamy and dirgey but occasionally beautiful

CD: Russian Circles – Blood Year

Guy Oddy

Experimental three-piece get seriously noisy

CD: Nérija - Blume

Joe Muggs

Living, vivid jazz from a septet that represents the cream of young London talent

CD: Kaiser Chiefs – Duck

Barney Harsent

Ricky Wilson and co won't silence the critics, but their fans may drown them out

CD: Violent Femmes - Hotel Last Resort

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Mixed bag from US punk veterans on second post-comeback album

DVD/Blu-ray: Ash Is Purest White

Tom Birchenough

Love in a gangster milieu, set against the changes of the Chinese century

CD: School Of Language - 45

Kieron Tyler

Field Music’s David Brewis probes Donald Trump


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