wed 26/09/2018

New releases on CD & DVD

DVD/Blu-ray: Iceman

Graham Rickson

Much has been made of Iceman’s characters speaking the ancient Rhaetic dialect, unsubtitled, but that’s never a problem: Felix Randau’s no-frills revenge thriller doesn’t need any words.

CD: Cher - Dancing Queen

Jo Southerd

Cher. Abba. The Mamma Mia films. If you're not excited by all of the above, I'm afraid we can't be friends. I will not apologise for being thoroughly giddy at the prospect of a Cher album of Abba covers.

CD: Rod Stewart - Blood Red Roses

Mark Kidel

Rod Stewart continues to hit the spot: he never fails to deliver well-crafted music that draws from the wide range of styles that he clearly loves....

CD: Tim Hecker - Konoyo

Joe Muggs

It may be mean to say, but it seems sadness agrees with Tim Hecker. The Canadian has been a mainstay of the global experimental music world almost...

CD: Mudhoney - Digital Garbage

Barney Harsent

Mudhoney are a constant in a changing world. When they first burst into our consciousness 30 years ago, few would have put their mortgage on the band...

DVD/Blu-ray: The Breadwinner

Graham Rickson

Riveting animated tale of life under Taliban rule

CD: Prince - Piano and a Microphone 1983

Joe Muggs

Is this a glimmer of hope that treatment of the Paisley Park archives is going to be respectful?

CD: Christine and the Queens - Chris

Katie Colombus

Empowering alt-pop that refuses definition

DVD: Mario

Tom Birchenough

Keeping the game straight: Swiss youth drama tells how football treats its gay players

CD: Malcolm Middleton - Bananas

Thomas H Green

Scotland's great mordant romantic returns to his songwriting roots

CD: Glen Matlock - Good To Go

Kieron Tyler

Toughening-up needed on former Sex Pistol’s first solo album for two decades

CD: Hawkwind - Road to Utopia

Joe Muggs

The grizzled, grimey drug-rockers get an easy-listening makeover with somewhat surprising results

Blu-ray: My Man Godfrey

Thomas H Green

One of Hollywood's greatest screwball comedies is as lively and hilarious - and pertinent - as ever

CD: Paul Weller – True Meanings

Barney Harsent

The Changing Man returns with an album of quietly wonderful surprises

CD: Loudon Wainwright III - Years in the Making

Mark Kidel

Intimate treasures from a long career in song

DVD/Blu-ray: The Producers

Graham Rickson

Mel Brooks' breakthrough hits the half-century, still blissfully funny

CD: Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers

Tim Cumming

RT's white-water ride down a new river of song

DVD/Blu-ray: Redoubtable

Tom Birchenough

The trouble with Jean-Luc... Michel Hazanavicius’ mischievous riff on Godard and 1968

CD: Willie Nelson - My Way

Thomas H Green

Sinatra standards delivered with unforced ease by the country don

CD: Orbital - Monsters Exist

Guy Oddy

The first album of the third coming of the Hartnoll brothers hits the right spot

CD: Paul McCartney - Egypt Station

Tim Cumming

All aboard for some late, great new tunes from Macca

CD: Kandace Springs - Indigo

Matthew Wright

A nice voice in search of an artistic vision

DVD: Mary Shelley

Tom Birchenough

Quill pens and poetry voice-over: a remarkable life told with remarkable lack of originality

CD: Waxahatchee - Great Thunder EP

Jo Southerd

Brave solo offering, full of intimacy and warmth

CD: Teksti-TV 666 - Aidattu Tulevaisuus

Kieron Tyler

Intense, inventive and impactful Finnish reimagining of familiar touchstones

CD: Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt

Guy Oddy

Jason Pierce returns with more songs of heartbreak and redemption

CD: Many Angled Ones - Suicide: Songs of Alan Vega and Martin Rev

Thomas H Green

Collection of Suicide cover versions that has abrasive rock'n'techno bite

CD: IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance

Javi Fedrick

Bristol five-piece tear toxic masculinity a new one in searing second album

CD: Paul Simon - In The Blue Light

Thomas H Green

As he winds down his career the master songwriter takes a look back

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