mon 05/12/2022

New releases on CD & DVD

Blu-ray: The Cat and the Canary (1939) / The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Graham Fuller

Paramount added a late “old dark house” mystery comedy to Hollywood’s annus mirabilis of 1939 by teaming Bob Hope with Paulette Goddard in The Cat and the Canary, skilfully directed by Elliott Nugent. The death-trap mansion in the Louisiana bayous where family members gather to hear the reading of the deceased owner’s will – his niece Goddard inherits it – proved the perfect venue for Hope’s hilariously pusillanimous shtick.

Album: We Were Promised Jetpacks - A Complete One-Eighty

Tom Carr

We Were Promised Jetpacks is a band name that seems off the cuff at first glance. This could be said for the Scottish indie-rock darlings' latest effort, an EP that reworks some of their record from last year, Enjoy the View - as remixed material may hold lukewarm appeal.

Album: Camilla Pisani - Phant[as]

Joe Muggs

Want an antidote so forced seasonal cheer and the catchiness of Christmas pop? How about some almost entirely atonal drone, clatter and throb with...

Album: Olly Murs - Marry Me

Kathryn Reilly

Oh dear. 10 songs of very little consequence. And one which has sparked “controversy”. "I Hate You When You're Drunk" has generated more publicity...

Album: White Lung - Premonition

Cheri Amour

In 2016’s abrasive album opener, "Dead Weight", frontwoman Mish Barber-Way laments over multiple miscarriages as her biological clock ticks away like...

Album: Leftfield - This Is What We Do

Guy Oddy

Progressive House progenitors refuse to follow trends but show no drop in quality

Blu-ray: Son of the White Mare

Graham Rickson

Eye-popping Hungarian animated epic is a treat for the senses

Album: Stormzy - This Is What I Mean

Barney Harsent

Heartbreak and hope: the rapper, singer songwriter bares his soul on his third album

Album: Sophie Jamieson - Choosing

Kieron Tyler

Disconcerting debut album from London-based singer-songwriter

Album: Weyes Blood - And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow

Thomas H Green

Part Two of US musician's album trilogy gently holds its own

Album: Micah P Hinson - I Lie to You

Thomas H Green

Cult Americana perennial lays out his glooms with aplomb

Blu-ray: Dragon's Return

Graham Rickson

Taut Slovak fable about prejudice, superstition and mob rule

Album: Carl Cox - Electronic Generations

Thomas H Green

One of the world's best-loved DJs returns with a set of techno-centric bangers

Album: Jamie Lenman - The Atheist

Tom Carr

UK Alt-rock cult hero Jamie Lenman returns, smoothed out yet still honest and full of charm

Album: Christeene - Midnite Fukk Train

Thomas H Green

Boundary-smashing in-yer-face performer's third album hits musical paydirt

Album: Craig Fortnam - Luna One - A-Sides - Full Moon Releases October 2021 - September 2022

Joe Muggs

An extraordinary outpouring from a wellspring of chamber psyche-pop

Album: Neil Young with Crazy Horse - World Record

Barney Harsent

The singer returns with a collection of certified classics and frustrating misfires

Blu-ray: The Trial

Nick Hasted

Sixtieth-anniversary, 4K restoration of Orson Welles' visually exhilarating take on Kafka

Album: Dermot Kennedy - Sonder

Barney Harsent

The singer sticks to the plan on his second album of crowd-pleasing, high-polish pop

Album: Larkin Poe - Blood Harmony

Tim Cumming

Sisters keep doing it for themselves: Megan and Rebecca Lovell are on song

Album: Bruce Springsteen - Only the Strong Survive

Liz Thomson

The Boss serves up 15 soul classics

Album: STR4TA - STR$TASFEAR

Joe Muggs

Somehow a perfect facsimile of the past sounds entirely fresh

Blu-ray: The Owl Service

Graham Rickson

Unsettling, mesmerising mixture of teenage angst and folk horror

Album: Xhosa Cole - Ibeji

Guy Oddy

UK jazzer takes a stylistic left turn with an album of saxophone and percussion duets

Blu-ray: The Strange Door

Graham Fuller

Charles Laughton is a spectacularly fruity villain in this swashbuckling Gothic romp

Album: Morton Valence - Morton Valence

Thomas H Green

Eighth album from London duo who excel at beautifully doomed country songs

Album: First Aid Kit - Palomino

Katie Colombus

A soundtrack for growing up, moving on and riding off into the sunset

Album: Laura Jean - Amateurs

Kieron Tyler

Evidence that Australian singer-songwriter should breach her own border

Blu-ray: The Count Yorga Collection

Nick Hasted

Hip, vicious Seventies vampire update sees a Gothic count stalk LA

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