mon 19/11/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Josephine Foster - Faithful Fairy Harmony

Kieron Tyler

Faithful Fairy Harmony is in the tradition of The Beatles’ White Album, Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, a True Star and The Clash’s London Calling, all double albums because an outpouring of songs couldn’t be stemmed. Also like these, Josephine Foster’s 18-track double-set plays with listener expectations.

CD: David Attenborough - My Field Recordings from Across the Planet

Thomas H Green

David Attenborough must be among the most universally liked Englishmen. There are those who’ve recently criticized him for sweetening the pill regarding the catastrophic destruction of our planet, but his decades of broadcasting have been a key to initiating a deeper love for our environment among swathes of the population in the first place. Who knows how many turned their lives towards ecological causes as a result of watching Attenborough’s programmes as a child?

CD: Cliff Richard - Rise Up

Liz Thomson

Cliff Richard has been the butt of many jokes down the years, but he’s always looked the other way, true to himself. But he couldn’t look the other...

CD: Planet B - Planet B

Guy Oddy

It’s fair to assume that the current state of American politics has US underground punker Justin Pearson and hip-hop producer Luke Henshaw somewhat...

CD: Mumford & Sons - Delta

Liz Thomson

Wow, can it really be 10 years since Mumford & Sons blazed their trail across the musical world with Sigh No More? The release of Delta, the band...

CD: Imogen Heap - The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Thomas H Green

The cult alt-pop star's soundtrack finally receives a release

CD: Liela Moss - My Name is Safe in Your Mouth

Kieron Tyler

Arresting first solo album from the voice of The Duke Spirit

CD: Sarah Gillespie - Wishbones

Howard Male

An album that reminds us of what a potent force the singer-songwriter can be

CD: J Mascis - Elastic Days

Joe Muggs

The wizard of introspection completely fails to peak, and that's the magic

DVD/Blu-ray: Hitler's Hollywood

Mark Kidel

Unwrapping the sugar-coated cover-up that was Nazi cinema

CD: Olly Murs - You Know I Know

Barney Harsent

The likeable entertainer gives us exactly what you'd expect, with predictably ordinary results

CD: The Good, The Bad & The Queen - Merrie Land

Guy Oddy

This modern-day supergroup is a reminder of why supergroups are generally a bad idea

DVD: Anchor & Hope

Tom Birchenough

Dilemmas of love, responsibility make for bearable lightness of being on London's canals

CD: Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra - The Capitol Studios Sessions

Liz Thomson

A screen icon plays some serious jazz

CD: Marianne Faithfull - Negative Capability

Tim Cumming

Searing songs of poetry and experience from the great rock chanteuse

DVD: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box

Graham Rickson

Clean, healthy and (mostly) intelligent - three discs of wholesome family fun

CD: Barbra Streisand - Walls

Joe Muggs

At 76, Streisand is still doing precisely what she does best - and it'd take a hard heart not to take notice

CD: The Prodigy - No Tourists

Guy Oddy

After almost 30 years together, the veteran Essex rave crew are still producing the goods

DVD: Reinventing Marvin

Tom Birchenough

Moving from raw to mannered, partial Edouard Louis adaptation only partly convinces

CD: Rosanne Cash - She Remembers Everything

Liz Thomson

A feast for the ears

CD: The Struts - Young&Dangerous

Thomas H Green

Brit rockers' second is jam-packed with tunes and over-the-top retro references

CD: David Crosby - Here If You Listen

Liz Thomson

A beautifully wrought album beckons us to a kinder, gentler world... at least temporarily

CD: Robyn - Honey

Jo Southerd

Long-awaited album from beloved Scandi icon doesn’t disappoint

CD: Ex Mykah - 16, 17

Thomas H Green

Intriguingly offbeat debut from Los Angeles scenester

DVD/Blu-ray: The Blood of Hussain

Tom Birchenough

Remarkable early films from Pakistan's Jamil Dehlavi bridge the political and the mystic

CD: Micah P Hinson & The Musicians of the Apocalypse - When I Shoot At You With Arrows, I Will Shoot To Destroy You

Guy Oddy

Micah lays down some fine gothic country blues for the wee small hours

CD: Gaye Su Aykol - Istiklarli Hayal Hakikattir

Mark Kidel

Surf-guitar blends with Turkish tradition

CD: Baxter Dury, Etienne de Crécy and Delilah Holliday - B.E.D.

Joe Muggs

A small but perfectly sleazy work of sweary, cynical brilliance

DVD: Generation Wealth

Thomas H Green

An intriguing documentary ramble through greed, money and vicarious displays of excess

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