thu 06/05/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Van Morrison - Latest Record Project Volume 1

John Bungey

If you want to understand the psychic harm that prolonged lockdown can do to a man, then take a listen to Van Morrison's new 28-song set. Actually, you don't need to listen, the song titles say enough: “Where Have All the Rebels Gone?”; “Stop Bitching, Do Something”; “Deadbeat Saturday Night”; “They Own the Media”; “Why Are You on Facebook?”

Blu-ray: Raw

Graham Rickson

Raw opens with a bang, a distant figure on a remote country road stepping out in front of a car, causing it to crash into a tree. What’s really happened isn’t made clear until we’re well into French director Julia Ducournau’s 2016 feature.

Album: Ziúr - Antifate

Joe Muggs

It’s funny how the most high tech music can sound very traditional. In the case of producer / instrumentalist / occasional singer Ziúr, it’s the...

Blu-ray: The Chalk Garden

Graham Fuller

Enid Bagnold’s 1955 English play The Chalk Garden, a Broadway hit before it opened in the West End, is usually described as a comedy because of...

Album: Sufjan Stevens - Convocations

Mark Kidel

Sufjan Stevens is not only prolific, multi-talented and wide-ranging in his experimentation, but he never fails to make interesting work. He’s...

Album: Martial Solal - Coming Yesterday

Sebastian Scotney

The great French jazz pianist's last concert

Album: Marianne Faithfull & Warren Ellis - She Walks in Beauty

Guy Oddy

Everyone’s favourite Nan crashes the goth poetry club

Blu-ray: To Sir, with Love

Graham Rickson

Rose-tinted but affecting look at life in a late 1960s secondary modern

Album: Teenage Fanclub‎ - Endless Arcade

Kieron Tyler

Line-up changes are no obstacle to sustained excellence

DVD/Blu-ray: County Lines

Daniel Baksi

An insider's angle on the impact of Britain's biggest drugs problem

Album: The Coral - Coral Island

Nick Hasted

Merseyside veterans' faded fairground concept is steeped in pop craft

Album: Gojira - Fortitude

Thomas H Green

French metallers deliver a sonically crafted pummelling their fans should enjoy

Album: Tom Jones - Surrounded by Time

John Bungey

The man with the big voice looks age in the eye

Album: Dinosaur Jr - Sweep It Into Space

Barney Harsent

Amherst's favourite grunge sons serve up another near flawless album

Blu-ray: Straight Shooting / Hell Bent

Graham Fuller

Two John Ford Westerns starring Harry Carey, progenitor of true grit

Album: Field Music - Flat White Moon

Kieron Tyler

David and Peter Brewis draw inspiration from their own lives

Album: Toumani Diabate and the London Symphony Orchestra - Kôrôlén

Mark Kidel

West Africa at the Symphony

Album: AJ Tracey - Flu Game

Joe Muggs

West London's superstar rapper tries to find his mature style with mixed success

Blu-ray: I Was at Home, But...

Tom Birchenough

Cold comfort in this story of family grief from Berlin director Angela Schanelec

Album: Imelda May - 11 Past the Hour

Thomas H Green

Irish star makes a rare musical blunder into whiffy 'classic rock' and balladry on her latest

Album: Lady Dan - I Am the Prophet

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Breaking free of patriarchy on Austin country-folk debut

DVD/Blu-ray: Catch Us If You Can

Graham Fuller

John Boorman's debut skewered the capitalist exploitation of youth culture

Album: Alan Vega - Mutator

Guy Oddy

Ex-Suicide frontman’s posthumous solo album is a sublime blast

Album: Cheap Trick - In Another World

Russ Coffey

A rambunctious new offering from the age-defying rock veterans

Album: Raf Rundell - O.M. Days

Joe Muggs

Deeper, stranger and more personal visions from the alt-pop journeyman

Album: Peggy Seeger - First Farewell

Liz Thomson

Carrying the torch - at 85, she still can't keep from singing

Blu-ray: Beginning

Tom Birchenough

A masterpiece of 'slow cinema' from a hugely promising new festival talent

Album: Ballaké Sissoko - Djourou

Mark Kidel

Scintillating collaborations from a master of the kora

Blu-ray: I Start Counting

Graham Rickson

Arresting late '60s thriller, superbly acted and directed

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