thu 26/11/2020

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Gary Barlow - Music Played By Humans

Barney Harsent

Gary Barlow’s Music Played By Humans is, in all but name, a Christmas album. Mixing big-band jazz, Latin and pop, it’s an assortment box of bubbly, broad-based business bangers deployed by the Take That veteran with help from a host of showbiz pals. Michael Bublé, Barry Manilow, Chilly Gonzales, Alesha Dixon, Beverley Knight, James Corden… these are big boots to put on the ground

Album: Billie Joe Armstrong - No Fun Mondays

Harry Thorfinn-George

During the first lockdown in March, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong took the time to reflect “on the things that matter most in my life: family, friends and, of course, music.” In this sentimental headspace Armstrong began recording covers of songs, releasing them once a week and calling this project No

Blu-ray: Waxworks (1924)

Graham Fuller

Stylistically, Waxworks (1924) was the apogee of German Expressionist cinema in that it was the last pure distillation of the form, in which visual...

Album: BTS - Be

Peter Quinn

EDM bangers? Check. Melancholic ballads? Why certainly. Great vocal arrangements which switch from rap to angelic falsetto in the blink of an eye?...

Blu-ray: Girlfriends

Saskia Baron

Director Claudia Weill’s landmark feature debut benefits from Criterion’s high quality re-issue, which was made possible after the American Library...

Album: Kitchman/Schmidt - As Long As Songbirds Sing

Liz Thomson

Talented musicians, but trying too hard

Album: Smashing Pumpkins – Cyr

Guy Oddy

Grunge veterans pump out a joyless dirge

Album: Kali Uchis - Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞

Thomas H Green

Rising Colombian-American star takes a likeable turn into beats-laden easy listening

Album: Charles Webster - Decision Time

Joe Muggs

An extraordinary comeback - and hopefully overdue recognition - for a British underground music legend

Blu-ray: The Painted Bird

Graham Rickson

Harrowing tale of wartime life on the margins

Album: Cabaret Voltaire - Shadow of Fear

Guy Oddy

Dark and disorientating electronica at its best

Album: AC/DC - Power Up

Russ Coffey

Veteran Aussie rockers rise, phoenix-like, to banish the 2020 blues

Album: Paloma Faith - Infinite Things

Isabella Gallagher

A re-versioning of the self into more serious, sombre realms

Album: Kruder & Dorfmeister - 1995

Thomas H Green

Horizontal herbal music from 1990s trip hop pairing is pleasantly zonked

DVD/Blu-ray: Breathless

Mark Kidel

Avant-garde with a sense of history

Album: Little Mix - Confetti

Thomas H Green

Sixth album from all-girl pop juggernaut breaks no new ground but has its moments

DVD/Blu-ray: The Ladykillers

Graham Rickson

The last great Ealing Comedy, in a pristine restored print

Album: Balothizer - Cretan Smash

Mark Kidel

Between rock and a roots place

Album: Kylie - DISCO

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Much-needed escapism from Australia's finest export

Album: Dame Shirley Bassey - I Owe It All to You

Guy Oddy

The musical monolith bows out

DVD/Blu-ray: Dementia

Graham Fuller

A short, sharp, sick Hollywood horror noir

CD: Cunning Folk - A Casual Invocation

Tim Cumming

Thrilling album of spells, hexes and the great god Pan

DVD/Blu-ray: Ghost Hunting

Graham Rickson

Striking, sobering semi-documentary

Album: Barbara Dickson - Time is Going Faster

Liz Thomson

Bringing it all back home again

Album: Sam Smith - Love Goes

Isabella Gallagher

A self-reflective break-up album that's the perfect sound for lockdown

Album: Dizzee Rascal - E3 AF

Nick Hasted

Man back in the corner

Album: Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full

Guy Oddy

Unexpected post-rock/sludge metal collaboration yields fine results

Blu-ray: Lynn + Lucy

India Lewis

A small town and a lifelong friendship gone sour

Album: Elvis Costello - Hey Clockface

Liz Thomson

Good songs, poor intonation

newsletter

Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

Simply enter your email address in the box below

View previous newsletters

latest in today

Album: Gary Barlow - Music Played By Humans

Gary Barlow’s Music Played By Humans is, in all but name, a Christmas album. Mixing big-band jazz, Latin and pop, it’s an assortment box...

Hillbilly Elegy review - misery in the heartland

Published in June 2016, J.D. Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy became a best-seller around the time of that November’s presidential...

Extract: 'On Loneliness' by Fatimah Asghar, from...

The infamous border wall. Prolonged detention. Children in cages. Even as Biden's election promises a sea change in...

Blu-ray: Waxworks (1924)

Stylistically, Waxworks (1924) was the apogee of German...

The Seven Deadly Sins, Opera North online review - viscerall...

Theatres are currently banned from moving scenery and props about on stage and you might expect this to present a major obstacle to a production...

Ariodante, Royal Opera online review – stylish, but confined

“After black and gloomy night, the sun shines all the brighter,” sings hero Ariodante after a life-threatening bout of jealousy nearly scuppers a...

‘Our whole industry is supported by vulnerable freelance cre...

I am not the first to say this, and I won’t be the last, but what a strange year 2020 has become! I am learning afresh what it is to be both a...

Album: BTS - Be

EDM bangers? Check. Melancholic ballads? Why certainly...

Arena - Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat, BBC Two review - the...

There have been Felabrations, stage musicals, bands featuring his sons Seun and Femi that have continued the legacy. There has been the slew of re...