mon 21/05/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Caroline Rose - Loner

Kieron Tyler

Loner’s opening track “More of the Same” lyrically tracks being at a party where “everyone’s well dressed with a perfect body and they all have alternative haircuts and straight white teeth.” It triggers a flashback to schooldays when it was, indeed, the same thing. “Cry!” looks a life in the limelight, “Money” is about doing everything for money and “Bikini” is about becoming a celebrity. The price of entry? Putting on a bikini and dancing.Caroline Rose’s third album is a smart, sardonic 11-...

CD: Judith Owen - redisCOVERed

Thomas H Green

When a 49-year-old Welsh jazz’n’folk singer decides to make it her business to cover songs ranging from Drake’s “Hotline Bling” to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, most people’s immediate reaction would be to advise her to leave well alone. I’d be with them.

DVD/Blu-ray: The Post

Nick Hasted

Spielberg’s prequel to All the President’s Men was filmed at speed, and aimed squarely at the press-hating Trump, not the late Tricky Dick. This...

CD: Hailey Tuck - Junk

Thomas H Green

Take a first, passing glance at the debut album from Hailey Tuck and she could be mistaken for Katy Perry, done up in florid new image finery. The...

CD: Ray LaMontagne - Part of the Light

Mark Kidel

Ray LaMontagne is a versatile artist who for years has been navigating the territory between hard rock and contemporary folk. His voice can be soft...

DVD: All the Money in the World

Jasper Rees

All in the family: Christopher Plummer refuses to pay Charlie Plummer's kidnap ransom in Ridley Scott's Getty drama

Blu-ray/DVD: Neon Bull

Tom Birchenough

Rough but sensual, an enthralling immersion in Brazil's rodeo world

CD: Brad Mehldau Trio - Seymour Reads the Constitution!

Matthew Wright

Prolific improvising pianist creates the apotheosis of the piano trio

CD: Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Thomas H Green

Indie guitar heroes head into completely new terrain with fine results

CD: Ryley Walker - Deafman Glance

Kieron Tyler

Far-out and fractured fifth album from the idiosyncratic Chicago dweller

CD: Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son

Mark Kidel

Stunning blast of stirring gospel and politics

CD: Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Guy Oddy

Australian slacker queen’s star continues to rise

DVD: The Ice King

Tom Birchenough

The pioneering talent and complicated life of skater John Curry

CD: RSO - Radio Free America

Guy Oddy

Ex-Bon Jovi guitarist and Alice Cooper’s present guitar-slinger celebrate their relationship in song

CD: Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations

Barney Harsent

Humanity and machinery blend beautifully on the producers' latest offering

CD: Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard - Perfectly Unhappy

Kieron Tyler

Intermittently striking union of Norwegian jazz combo and British saxophonist

CD: Jon Hopkins - Singularity

Mark Kidel

Dazzling rollercoaster of an inner journey

CD: Gaz Coombes - World's Strongest Man

Javi Fedrick

Supergrass frontman goes from strength to strength in his third solo effort

DVD: 50 Years Legal

Tom Birchenough

Simon Napier-Bell's moving survey of a gay half-century, presented with rapid-fire acuity

CD: Plan B - Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose

Thomas H Green

Explosively enjoyable return by Brit hip hop soul star after a half decade away

CD: Confusion Master - Awaken

Guy Oddy

German metal-heads unapologetically worship at the shrine of Black Sabbath

CD: Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer

Howard Male

The Kansas pop futurist discovers her own inner Rihanna

DVD/Blu-ray: They Came to a City

Graham Rickson

A Priestley experience - stagey but fascinating wartime social fantasy

CD: Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco - You're Driving Me Crazy

Mark Kidel

The Irish soulman sings jazz

CD: Blossoms - Cool Like You

Thomas H Green

Second album from rising five-piece successfully hones their synth-pop credentials

DVD/Blu-ray: The Touch

David Nice

Bergman's typically individual take on a difficult affair has flashes of vintage brilliance

CD: Oliver Way - From The Shadows

Thomas H Green

Detroit Grand Pubah goes solo with promising results

CD: Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Tim Cumming

Still standing tall: Willie Nelson in late, great mode

DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman's The Magic Flute

David Nice

Pretty start, heart of darkness: the greatest of all opera films now available to UK viewers

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