sat 16/10/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Coldplay - Music Of The Spheres

Nick Hasted

Chris Martin has talked, not for the first time, of this finally being the Coldplay era of “no rules or fear”.

Album: Finneas - Optimist

Joe Muggs

This record is a heck of a metatextual experience to listen to. In releasing his debut album, 24 year old Finneas O’Connell is attempting to step out of the shadow of one of the biggest pop cultural behemoths of our time – his own sister, Billie Eilish, who he also writes and produces for – and mark out a creative lane of his own.

Album: Pokey LaFarge - In the Blossom of Their...

Liz Thomson

Oh boy, there’s nothing like slipping on an old pair of jeans and cowboy boots. That’s the comfy feeling you get from the opening notes of Pokey’s...

Blu-ray: The Lighthouse (Mayak)

Graham Rickson

Mariya Saakyan’s 2006 debut feature is bookended by grainy footage of what looks like a fire-ravaged diary, the distressed, crumbling scraps of paper...

Album: Santana - Blessings and Miracles

Mark Kidel

Some guitar sounds are instantly recognisable. Carlos Santana blazed a trail in the late 1960s, with incandescent licks that made him world famous....

Album: James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart

Thomas H Green

Our James Blake-phobic reviewer has to admit the singer's latest has much to admire

Album: The Courettes - Back In Mono

Guy Oddy

Garage rock revivalists go-go girl group crazy

Album: Sam Fender - Seventeen Going Under

Joe Muggs

The Geordie stadium singer-songwriter unleashes fury while maturing his sound

Album: Ministry - Moral Hygiene

Guy Oddy

Uncle Al raises a battle flag against the US political right-wing

DVD/Blu-ray: Another Round

Saskia Baron

Thomas Vinterberg's superbly ambivalent drama about drinking in Denmark

Album: Efterklang - Windflowers

Kieron Tyler

The Danish art-poppers balance the tension between reserve and forthrightness

DVD/Blu-ray: Maigret - The Complete Series

Graham Rickson

Entertaining, idiomatic Simenon adaptation, brilliantly cast

Album: BADBADNOTGOOD - Talk Memory

Nick Hasted

Jazz/hip-hop mavericks' psychedelic voyage has a Hollywood ending

Album: Vangelis - Juno to Jupiter

Thomas H Green

The septuagenarian electronic don maintains his course to the stars

Album: The Specials - Protest Songs 1924 - 2012

Thomas H Green

Raw, spirited covers set featuring well-chosen songs of dissent and satire

Album: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love for Sale

Sebastian Scotney

A new Tony Bennett album...at 95

Blu-ray: Johnny Guitar

Saskia Baron

Nicholas Ray's operatic Western gets the revival treatment

Album: Catherine Graindorge - Eldorado

Mark Kidel

Ambient reflections on lockdown and death

Album: Black Dice - Mod Prog Sic

Joe Muggs

Twenty-three years into their career, the raw electronic trio get to the hub of things

Album: Amon Tobin - How Do You Live

Thomas H Green

Perennial electronic wizard pushes yet further into unexplored, sometimes loud, always compulsive terrain

Album: Nao - And Then Life Was Beautiful

Harry Thorfinn-George

The soulful singer goes for a more organic musical approach on her third album

Album: Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham

Nick Hasted

A lovely reckoning with ambiguity, loss and Fleetwood Mac by their exiled leader

DVD/Blu-ray: The Servant

Nick Hasted

Downton Abbey goes to hell: Dirk Bogarde captures the first of the three Losey-Pinter collaborations

Album: Public Service Broadcasting - Bright Magic

Guy Oddy

Willgoose and Wrigglesworth celebrate Berlin

Album: Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner's Mind

Katie Colombus

An intriguing album of music inspired by film

Album: Lil Nas X - Montero

Joe Muggs

For better or worse, the Georgia-born star brings consistency to an extraordinary array of sound

Album: The Eivind Aarset 4-Tet - Phantasmagoria, or A Different Kind of Journey

Kieron Tyler

Norwegian jazzers take on space rock

Album: The Felice Brothers - From Dreams To Dust

Nick Hasted

Dark Western myths and heavenly dreams from visionary Americana veterans

DVD/Blu-ray: Mr Klein

Mark Kidel

Alain Delon shines in flawed Losey take on the hunted man

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