sat 11/07/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: The Streets - None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive

Joe Muggs

Given the collaborator list on this album, it should be a bit of a mess.

Album: Shaggy - Hot Shot 2020

Guy Oddy

Hot Shot 2020 has been billed as a rerub of Shaggy’s colossal turn of the century release Hot Shot. It’s not quite an accurate description of an album that has already been released in three different forms and shifted nine million copies though.

Album: bdrmm - Bedroom

Barney Harsent

Shoegaze stable Sonic Cathedral has, in truth, always been a much broader church than its name implies. From the psychedelic, sunshine pop of Gulp,...

Blu-ray: Tokyo Story / The Flavour of Green Tea...

Graham Rickson

Yasujirō Ozu’s The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice and Tokyo Story were released in 1952 and 1953 respectively. Tokyo Story regularly features in...

Album: Rufus Wainwright - Unfollow the Rules

Liz Thomson

After Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session and the #Quarantunes “robe recitals” comes the album: Unfollow the Rules, no longer stripped back (...

Album: The Jayhawks - XOXO

Russ Coffey

The Minnesotan veterans are back with more top-drawer Americana

Album: Polly Scattergood - In This Moment

Thomas H Green

The enigmatic musician's third album takes listeners on a gently experimental journey

Album: Willie Nelson - First Rose of Spring

Liz Thomson

Lockdown has made us all a little crazy - Willie Nelson will soothe our souls

Blu-ray: Criss Cross

Mark Kidel

Robert Siodmak's masterpiece of film noir - a story of passion and betrayal

Album: Paul Weller - On Sunset

Mark Kidel

Another near-perfect album from the Modfather

Blu-Ray: Laughter in Paradise, The Green Man

Graham Rickson

Alastair Sim redeems a pair of patchy non-Ealing comedies

Album: Sparks - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

Nick Hasted

Arch rhymes and secreted emotion from veteran LA ironists

Album: HAIM - Women in Music Pt. III

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Energy and experimentation from sister trio at the top of their game

Album: Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink

Kathryn Reilly

A fresh look at women's woes from one who knows

Album: Khruangbin - Mordechai

Barney Harsent

The Texan three-piece are hard to pin down, but easy to love

DVD/Blu-ray: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Mark Kidel

Slow-burning passion packs a strong erotic punch in Céline Sciamma's film

Album: Dream Wife - So When You Gonna…

Guy Oddy

Arts punks’ sophomore effort dashes expectations

Blu-Ray: A Foreign Affair

Saskia Baron

Billy Wilder and Marlene Dietrich weave that old black magic in their black market tale

Album: John Legend - Bigger Love

Nick Hasted

Soulman as new man, in variations on clean-cut romance

Album: [MONRHEA] - her[ART]

Thomas H Green

Debut from female Kenyan electronic producer showcases innovation and possibility

Album: Neil Young - Homegrown

Barney Harsent

The unearthing of the singer-songwriter's long-lost album turns up moments of pure gold

Album: Michael Franti & Spearhead - Work Hard & Be Nice

Guy Oddy

Ex-Beatnig and Disposable Hero of Hiphoprisy lurches towards the middle of the road

Album: Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

Mark Kidel

Poetry and romance for an age of disillusion

CD: Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways

Tim Cumming

Bob returns with an unadulturated, stone-cold masterpiece

Album: Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off the Floor

Sebastian Scotney

Strong songwriting captures the mood of the times

Album: Larkin Poe - Self Made Man

Thomas H Green

Female-fronted blues-rock stalwarts return with the songs and enough range to carry the day

Album: Jehnny Beth - To Love Is To Live

Nick Hasted

Former Savages leader lets her guard down

Blu-ray: Hagazussa

Graham Fuller

A woman dubbed a witch yields to psychosis in a superior folk horror movie

EP: Imelda May - Slip of the Tongue

Mark Kidel

Spirited poems from Irish rockabilly queen

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