sun 08/12/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Rob Halford - Celestial

Guy Oddy

If there’s one man who has got the chutzpah to sing songs about the Baby Jesus while flashing the Devil’s horns, it’s Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. In fact, on the CD cover to his latest solo album, this is exactly what he’s doing – for Celestial is Rob Halford’s Christmas album.

CD: Liam Payne - LP1

Thomas H Green

Liam Payne is a Simon Cowell-manufactured pop star worth tens of millions off the back of music that’ll be regarded in a few years’ time much as the Bay City Rollers or Curiosity Killed The Cat are regarded now.

CD: Gang Starr - One of the Best Yet

Kathryn Reilly

Before the days of stardom on Jay-Z and Kanye’s scale, before Brooklyn became a millionaire’s playground, Gang Starr were deeply influential in hip...

CD: The Who - WHO

Tim Cumming

From the off, with a bellicose Daltrey declaring “I don’t care, I know you’re going to hate this song,” on the opener “This Music Must Fade” to the...

Blu-ray: Moonrise Kingdom

Graham Rickson

Moonrise Kingdom is stuffed with director Wes Anderson’s familiar tropes. Elaborate sets, artfully designed props and Bill Murray all feature, the...

CD: U-Bahn - U-Bahn

Kieron Tyler

Got a hankering for early Devo? Look no further

CD: 10.000 Russos - Kompromat

Guy Oddy

Porto’s psychedelic power trio return with a scorcher

CD: Function - Existenz

Joe Muggs

Magnum opus from long-established staple of shadowy corners of New York and Berlin

CD: Pete Tong & HER-O - Chilled Classics

Thomas H Green

Another set of unnecessary orchestral rejigs of old dance music

CD: Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers - Thought Porridge

Graham Rickson

Long-awaited fourth album from playful Leeds four-piece

Blu-ray: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

Graham Rickson

Pure joy: this iconic French film musical has never looked or sounded better

CD: Jack Peñate - After You

Asya Draganova

Quality indie pop 10 years in the making

DVD/Blu-ray: Moby Dick

Graham Fuller

John Huston's maritime epic is impressive but lacks metaphorical heft

CD: Simon Thacker's Ritmata - Tàradh

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Primal compositions containing moments of beauty and drama

CD: El Khat - Saadia Jefferson

Mark Kidel

Inventive Yemeni mashup from Tel Aviv

CD: Coldplay - Everyday Life

Joe Muggs

Despite grandiose pretensions, Coldplay's eighth album rarely takes flight

CD: Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the Dance

Nick Hasted

The last waltz

Blu-ray: The Golem

Graham Fuller

1920 film featuring the Jewish folktale monster delivers an ambiguous message

CD: Beck - Hyperspace

Owen Richards

Eclectic enigma continues his late-career form with an audio odyssey

CD: Iguana Death Cult - Nude Casino

Kieron Tyler

Undercooked second album undersells Dutch garage-rockers

CD: Lady Antebellum - Ocean

Nick Hasted

Antiseptic confessions from true country stars

CD: Celine Dion - Courage

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Moments of recovery and resilience on diva's new album

CD: DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age

Mark Kidel

Omnivorous producer and DJ spreads his net wide

DVD/Blu-ray: Journey to the Beginning of Time

Graham Rickson

Enchanting dino-flick from a pioneering Czech director

CD: Aziza Brahim - Sahari

Howard Male

A feminine take on desert rock from the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria

CD: Ronnie Wood - Mad Lad

Tim Cumming

Chuck Berry classics get the Ronnie Wood touch

CD: The Script - Sunsets & Full Moons

Thomas H Green

Bombastic, saccharine-soaked vulnerability-pop from Irish superstar band

CD: Pumarosa - Devastation

Lisa-Marie Ferla

London trio get personal on weird and wonderful second album

CD: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

Nick Hasted

Songs of blazing, redemptive faith follow grief for the torn open Cave


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