wed 22/05/2024

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Samana - Samana

Kieron Tyler

The final track of Samana’s third album is titled “The Preselis,” after the west Welsh mountain range – the place antiquarians suggested as the source of Stonehenge’s blue stones. The song’s opening lyrics are “The blue stones, they grow over me, Carved into mountains, the blood of need.” Later, the words “anima” and “animus” are repeated before the song ends with the recurring refrain “Lay the body down.”

DVD/Blu-ray: Billy Connolly - Big Banana Feet

Veronica Lee

The most striking things about the 1976 documentary (restored and re-released by the BFI) is just how polite Billy Connolly comes across as. Not that he's impolite now, but the raucous stage presence and vibrant chatshow interviewee was yet to fully form.

Album: Barry Adamson - Cut to Black

Guy Oddy

Always looking dapper and always sounding cool, Barry Adamson is a man who nevertheless seems to be perpetually of another time. Giving off the vibes...

Album: Billie Eilish - Hit Me Hard and Soft

Tim Cumming

So Billie Eilish’s new album has had its worldwide midnight release, dropping at midnight wherever you are kiddos, and taken as a whole it’s like...

Album: Jack Savoretti - Miss Italia

Thomas H Green

It’s a long way to the middle. Jack Savoretti has worked hard to get there. He’s grafted. His first album, 2007’s Between the Minds, hinted that his...

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Blu-ray: Chocolat

Nick Hasted

Claire Denis' African debut is a nostalgic yet unsparing look at colonial life

DVD/Blu-ray: The Holdovers

Graham Rickson

Bittersweet, beautifully observed seasonal comedy - not just for Christmas

Album: Beth Gibbons - Lives Outgrown

Mark Kidel

Intimate songs of unavoidable sorrow

Album: Ani DiFranco - Unprecedented Sh!t

Liz Thomson

Tough, uncompromising, unflinching

Album: Abigail Lapell - Anniversary

Thomas H Green

An engaging - if doleful - set from the Canadian folk-Americana singer

Album: Kings Of Leon - Can We Please Have Fun

Joe Muggs

The good ole boys of stadium indie go back to basics: will it work?

Album: Bab L'Bluz - Swaken

Guy Oddy

Fiery psychedelia to lift your soul coming straight out of the Maghreb

Album: Pokey LaFarge - Rhumba Country

Liz Thomson

A pig in a pokey, as the singer farms in Maine and reads the Bible, with technicolor results

Album: Josienne Clarke - Parenthesis, I

Tim Cumming

Redefining the self, from the most absorbing of British singer-songwriters

Album: Dua Lipa - Radical Optimism

Joe Muggs

An admirable attempt to catch the magical groove that helped us through lockdown

Album: Sia - Reasonable Woman

Katie Colombus

An awesome singer-songwriter comes into her own

Album: EYE - Dark Light

Thomas H Green

New band from MWWB singer Jessica Ball prove worthy of what came before

Blu-ray: The Dreamers

Nick Hasted

Bertolucci revisits May '68 via intoxicated, transgressive sex, lit up by the debuting Eva Green

Album: The Lemon Twigs - A Dream Is All We Know

Kieron Tyler

When self-assurance trumps unashamedly showcasing influences

Album: Justice - Hyperdrama

Thomas H Green

French electronic dance stalwarts return from eight-year break in fine fettle

Album: St Vincent - All Born Screaming

Cheri Amour

Annie Clark transcends indie’s average leanings

Album: Pet Shop Boys - Nonetheless

Joe Muggs

Longing, love and longevity as the duo resolutely refuse retirement

Album: Mdou Moctar - Funeral for Justice

Guy Oddy

Tuareg rockers are on fiery form

DVD/Blu-Ray: Priscilla

Harry Thorfinn-George

The disc extras smartly contextualise Sofia Coppola's eighth feature

Album: Fred Hersch - Silent, Listening

Sebastian Scotney

A 'nocturnal' album - or is it just plain dark?

Album: Taylor Swift - The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology

Ellie Roberts

Taylor Swift bares her soul with a 31-track double album

Album: Jonny Drop • Andrew Ashong - The Puzzle Dust

Joe Muggs

Bottled sunshine from a Brit soul-jazz team-up

Album: Pearl Jam - Dark Matter

Tom Carr

Enduring grunge icons return full of energy, arguably their most empowered yet

Album: Paraorchestra with Brett Anderson and Charles Hazlewood - Death Songbook

Kieron Tyler

An uneven voyage into darkness

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