sun 23/02/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Grimes - Miss Anthropocene

Joe Muggs

Grimes is hilarious. For all the grandiose conceptualism, apocalyptic visions, high tech sonic manipulation, outré costumes, modish witchery, multiple personas, arch media baiting with her billionaire boyfriend and all the rest, she is still essentially a dork.

Album: BTS – Map of the Soul: 7

Guy Oddy

To anyone out of their teens or without a grasp of the Korean language, BTS are probably an unknown quantity. Yet, they are probably the most successful boyband, if not the most successful band, in the world.

Album: Ozzy Osbourne - Ordinary Man

Russ Coffey

Ozzy Osbourne stands on the front cover of his new album grinning mischievously in a horror-style bowler hat and cane. Look into the eyes,...

Album: Moonlight Benjamin - Simido

Mark Kidel

Moonlight Benjamin, the fierce and deep-voiced vocalist from Haiti, is a powerful presence on stage. On her second album, she is once again supported...

Blu-ray: 8 ½

Mark Kidel

8 ½ is one of the classic films about the art of cinema. There is something about the make-believe of movies, and our buying into the dreams they...

Album: Lanterns On The Lake - Spook The Herd

Kieron Tyler

The atmospheric Newcastle band wrestle with the issues of the day

Album: Pat Metheny – From This Place

Sebastian Scotney

A beautiful but complex album

Album: Tami Neilson - CHICKABOOM!

Lisa-Marie Ferla

New Zealand-based country powerhouse keeps it in the family

Album: Huey Lewis and the News - Weather

Thomas H Green

Perennial West Coast feel-good band bring the bland on possibly their final outing

Album: Tame Impala - The Slow Rush

Owen Richards

Kevin Parker returns with his most optimistic album yet

Album: Elephant Stone - Hollow

Guy Oddy

Canadian space cadets go inter-planetary

CD: Tennis - Swimmer

Mark Kidel

Deceptively simple but well-honed little symphonies

CD: Green Day - Father of All Motherfuckers

Barney Harsent

The Californian punk trio embrace rock'n'roll as they reach their teens

Album: La Roux - Supervision

Thomas H Green

Key 21st century British synth-pop doyen investigates frothy electro-disco to disappointing effect

Album: Sepultura – Quadra

Asya Draganova

Brazilian metal giants explore new territories on their 15th album

Blu-ray: Black Angel

Graham Fuller

Dan Duryea stars as a sympathetic noir fall guy in director Roy William Neill's swansong

Album: Seth Lakeman - A Pilgrim's Tale

Tim Cumming

Folk star's Mayflower album casts off on the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers' sailing

Album: Isobel Campbell - There Is No Other

Kieron Tyler

Too-deliberate return from former Belle & Sebastian mainstay and Mark Lanegan collaborator

Album: Meghan Trainor - Treat Myself

Russ Coffey

The "All About that Bass" star mixes in some treble

Album: Kesha - High Road

Thomas H Green

Having fought demons, pop's wild woman gets back to being enjoyably brash

DVD/Blu-ray: Bait

Markie Robson-Scott

Mark Jenkin's acclaimed first feature: tensions spark within a Cornish fishing village

Album: Sam Lee, Old Wow - a hymn to Mother Nature

Liz Thomson

Sam Lee's third album reinvigorates the folk tradition

Album: Squirrel Flower - I Was Born Swimming

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Autobiography and poetry on mesmerising debut

Album: Black Lips - Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart

Guy Oddy

Atlanta garage rockers fully embrace their inner country and western souls

Blu-ray: Night Tide

Mark Kidel

Surreal sorcery from a Californian original, an early role from Dennis Hopper

Album: Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot

Nick Hasted

PSB find nostalgic reveries in the dancefloor's shadows

Album: Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By

Nick Hasted

Slim Shady's surprise return is patchily potent

Album: Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

Liz Thomson

All grown up now, and back on their bikes

Album: Aoife Nessa Frances - Land of No Junction

Kieron Tyler

Irish newcomer’s translucent debut album is an early candidate for 2020’s best-of lists


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