sun 15/09/2019

New releases on CD & DVD

CD: Mudhoney - Morning in America

Guy Oddy

Mudhoney’s new album Morning in America is a strange beast. Made up of outtakes from last year’s Digital Garbage, a cover version and rerecorded versions of limited edition 7” singles, one look at the track listing suggests a second CD that might eventually accompany a reissue somewhere down the line. It also implies a release forced by contractual obligations or a cash-flow problem at their label, Sub Pop.

CD: Charli XCX - Charli

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Charli XCX would make a cracking mixtape. I mean that not in the hip hop culture sense - although she’s knocked out a few of those in the five years since the release of Sucker, her last album proper - but like the mixtapes you used to make for your friends and crushes.

CD: Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love

Kieron Tyler

On a first pass, The Practice of Love seems to be an electropop album in thrall to trance music’s tropes: the synth wash, repeated musical phrases, a...

CD: Metronomy - Metronomy Forever

Owen Richards

According to Metronomy maestro Joseph Mount, his first attempt of album number six was a much snappier affair. But it wasn’t until he broke from his...

DVD/Blu-ray: Amazing Grace

Mark Kidel

Over two days in 1972, the great Aretha Franklin, undoubtedly one of the greatest American voices of the 20th century, performed and recorded gospel...

CD: Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie

Guy Oddy

Black Francis and crew ease into Rock’s Elder Statesmen status

CD: The Lumineers - III

Ellie Porter

The Denver folk-rockers return with a haunting concept album

CD: Bat For Lashes - Lost Girls

Joe Muggs

Return from the margins to pop majesty for Natasha Khan

CD: Tinariwen - Amadjar

Guy Oddy

Tuareg crew’s collaborations take their desert grooves to new and beautiful places

CD: Iggy Pop - FREE

Thomas H Green

Iggy affectingly contemplates life and mortality in an often tuneful, jazz-flecked set

DVD/Blu-ray: A Kid for Two Farthings

Graham Rickson

Whimsical East End fairy tale, redeemed by handsome visuals

CD: Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble - Valve Bone Woe

Russ Coffey

The Pretenders' singer switches direction for a late-career high

Blu-ray: The Ear

Graham Rickson

Fear and loathing in Cold War Czechoslovakia

CD: Širom - A Universe That Roasts Blossoms for a Horse

Mark Kidel

Boundary-breaking Avant-folk from Slovenia

CD: Caravan Palace - Chronologic

Thomas H Green

Easy-going fourth album from French dance popsters moves further from their origins

CD: Kano - Hoodies All Summer

Joe Muggs

A career best for an MC who's been at the heart of grime since its inception

CD: Whitney - Forever Turned Around

Owen Richards

A subtle but beautiful return for the Chicago natives

CD: Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes

Kieron Tyler

American maverick sells himself short by adopting a restrictive punk slant

CD: Taylor Swift - Lover

Lisa-Marie Ferla

18 earnestly epic tracks from America's loved-up sweetheart

CD: Tanya Tucker - While I'm Livin'

Thomas H Green

Solidly enjoyable reappearance from one of country'n'western's wild women

CD: Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold

Nick Hasted

Punks' St Vincent-produced search for new ground succeeds, with casualties

CD: Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity - To Whom Buys a Record

Kieron Tyler

Energised yet structured reconfiguration of free jazz archetypes

DVD/Blu-ray: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Graham Fuller

Mixed-race heritage condemns a striving youth in 1900 Australia

CD: New Model Army - From Here

Guy Oddy

Almost 40 years on and the Bradford post-punks are still gloomy

CD: Grenades - Primate

Thomas H Green

Debut from UK punk outfit shows black wit and sonic imagination

CD: Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place

Russ Coffey

The shoegaze legends' comeback is still going strong

The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru the Passion

Lisa-Marie Ferla

A joyous return to form from the world's best bar band

CD: Frank Turner - No Man's Land

Nick Hasted

A richly conceived, blandly executed history lesson

DVD: Are You Proud?

Tom Birchenough

A half-century of gay history recalled, with critical appraisal of the present

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