wed 08/04/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: The Strokes - The New Abnormal

Nick Hasted

Their debut’s title was a disillusioned shrug, and for most of the 19 years since Is This It, The Strokes have continued with seeming reluctance, releasing new albums fitfully.

Blu-ray: Buster Keaton - Three Films, Vol. 2

Graham Rickson

These three films come from Buster Keaton’s mid-1920s purple patch, the high spots of which prompted critic Roger Ebert to describe Keaton as “arguably the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies”. High praise indeed.

Album: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs –...

Guy Oddy

The perfect introduction to Newcastle’s mighty Pigsx7 is undoubtedly to be made in the live arena, for it’s here they seriously let sparks fly with...

DVD/Blu Ray: The Elephant Man

Mark Kidel

David Lynch’s second feature, his only period movie, is as good as anything else he has ever done, building on the claustrophobia of his first,...

Album: Pokey LaFarge - Rock Bottom Rhapsody

Liz Thomson

Talk about a great big melting pot! The eighth studio album by the man born 36 ago as Andrew Heissler in Bloomington, Indiana, and known to the world...

Album: Ren Harvieu - Revel In The Drama

Kieron Tyler

Almost a decade on from ‘Through The Night’, the soulful voice of Salford takes control

Album: Purity Ring - Womb

Mark Kidel

Diaphanous pop for difficult times

Album: Thundercat - It Is What It Is

Nick Hasted

Shadowy Californian dreams from bassist firing at full-blast

DVD: The Street

Tom Birchenough

Hoxton worlds: insightful, poignant documentary registers social change in a London community

DVD: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol 2

Graham Rickson

More buried treasure from the CFF archive: a treat for young and old alike

Album: Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Joe Muggs

Lipa frees her inner disco diva, and the world is a better place for it

Album: Pearl Jam - Gigaton

Nick Hasted

Rock veterans face troubled times with embattled optimism

Album: Sufjan Stevens &. Lowell Brams - Aporia

Mark Kidel

Magical story-telling in sound

Album: Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A journey of sobriety and self-acceptance, by way of Memphis and New York

Blu-ray: Kansas City

Graham Fuller

Robert Altman's jazz-stoked 1930's homage to his hometown bares its violent underbelly

Album: Basia Bulat - Are You In Love?

Kieron Tyler

Uneven fifth studio set from the Canadian singer-songwriter

Blu-ray: Chained for Life

Graham Fuller

A welcome though never preachy satire for the age of narcissism

Album: Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us

Nick Hasted

Electro-R&B veterans are set adrift on memory bliss

Album: The Weeknd - After Hours

Thomas H Green

Fourth album from R&B superstar impresses after a slow start

Album: Morrissey - I Am Not a Dog on a Chain

Russ Coffey

Bigmouth alternates between petty indignation and true artistry

Album: Roger and Brian Eno - Mixing Colours

Tim Cumming

Absolute ambience from the pioneers of the form

DVD/Blu-ray: Beat the Devil

Graham Rickson

John Huston's indulgent curio returns, replete with starry cast

Album: The Chats - High Risk Behaviour

Barney Harsent

The Australian pop-punk trio's debut is short, sharp and shockingly good

Album: Shabaka & the Ancestors - We are Sent Here by History

Joe Muggs

Spiritual and political struggle and aspiration from the Londoner's South African ensemble

Album: Deap Lips - Deap Lips

Guy Oddy

Psychedelic electro-pop collaboration fails to really hit the spot

DVD/Blu-ray: Last Holiday

Graham Rickson

Alec Guinness shines in underappreciated black comedy

Album: Maria McKee - La Vita Nuova

Nick Hasted

The corrupted country-punk behind 'Show Me Heaven' is radically reborn

Album: The Boomtown Rats - Citizens of Boomtown

Thomas H Green

Bob Geldof's gang reconvene for a wildly unlikely and mostly enjoyable ride

Album: Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers

Barney Harsent

The singer turns storyteller with a collection of skilfully drawn vignettes

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