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New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Imelda May - 11 Past the Hour

Thomas H Green

11 Past the Hour opens with its title song, a delicious, twangy, string-laden Nancy Sinatra Bond theme that never was. The album closes with a lyrically empowered torch song, “Never Look Back”, which rises and rises over a marching band drum tattoo and swelling orchestration. Its enormousness is hard to argue with. Unfortunately, in between these two, Imelda May’s sixth album is a bit of a stinker.

Album: Lady Dan - I Am the Prophet

Lisa-Marie Ferla

There’s a line in “No Home”, the staggering centrepiece of Lady Dan’s debut album, that perhaps sums up the project. “Wolves will never be my masters again,” the artist, real name Tyler Dozier, sings as the strings swell, in a voice like the wilderness. “Men will never be my owners again.”

DVD/Blu-ray: Catch Us If You Can

Graham Fuller

Catch Us If You Can, the 1965 road movie starring Barbara Ferris and the eponymous drummer and guiding force of the Dave Clark Five, proved a more...

Album: Alan Vega - Mutator

Guy Oddy

If there’s someone who could claim to have proved Arnold Schoenberg’s pithy phrase “If it is art, it is not for all” it was Alan Vega. His and Martin...

Album: Cheap Trick - In Another World

Russ Coffey

A trend's been emerging, of late, for ageing rockers to actually sound younger on each new record. We saw it with AC/DC's Power Up (2020), an...

Album: Raf Rundell - O.M. Days

Joe Muggs

Deeper, stranger and more personal visions from the alt-pop journeyman

Album: Peggy Seeger - First Farewell

Liz Thomson

Carrying the torch - at 85, she still can't keep from singing

Blu-ray: Beginning

Tom Birchenough

A masterpiece of 'slow cinema' from a hugely promising new festival talent

Album: Ballaké Sissoko - Djourou

Mark Kidel

Scintillating collaborations from a master of the kora

Blu-ray: I Start Counting

Graham Rickson

Arresting late '60s thriller, superbly acted and directed

Album: They're Calling Me Home - Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

Tim Cumming

Homecoming songs for life after Covid

Album: Caoilfhionn Rose - Truly

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Mancunian musician's second is a comfort in strange times

Album: Glasvegas - Godspeed

Nick Hasted

Big Glasgow music finds its heart in quieter moments

Album: Ryley Walker - Course In Fable

Kieron Tyler

The musically aware singer-songwriter at his most assured, most direct

Blu-ray: Silent Action

Graham Rickson

Violent 1970s thriller from Italy, very much of its time

Album: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!

Guy Oddy

No substantial changes for the Canadian post-rock power orchestra

Blu-ray: Romeo is Bleeding

Mark Kidel

Peter Medak's neo-noir is let down by genre clichés

Album: Hannah Peel - Fir Wave

Joe Muggs

Enveloping drama from the queen of headphone dreamscapes

Album: Tune-Yards - Sketchy

Thomas H Green

Californian alt-pop innovators sounding fresh and maintaining their unique trajectory

Album: Suzi Quatro - The Devil In Me

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Seventies icon proves she's still rock and roll royalty

Album: Bheki Mseleku - Beyond The Stars

Sebastian Scotney

Essential album from a South African "gentle genius"

DVD/Blu-ray: Mädchen in Uniform

Graham Fuller

Striking early-1930s Weimar study of female sexuality in social rebellion

Album: Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises

Asya Draganova

46 minutes and 37 seconds of electronic, jazz and classical spiritual transcendence

Blu-ray: Restless Natives

Graham Rickson

Ramshackle but endearing Scottish comedy

Album: Frida Hyvönen - Dream Of Independence

Kieron Tyler

Forensic, unflinching accounts of change and loss from the Swedish singer-songwriter

Album: Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over the Country Club

Nick Hasted

More cinematic confessionals from Pop Art queen

Album: Black Honey - Written & Directed

Thomas H Green

Brighton band's second album gives indie a good name with huge-sounding and catchy guitar pop

Album: Ted Barnes - 17 Postcards

Joe Muggs

Devastating bulletins from a world where craft and care matter above all else

Blu-ray: Charade

Nick Hasted

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn breeze through a Hitchcockian confection

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