fri 15/01/2021

New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Skyway Man - The World Only Ends When You Die

Thomas H Green

When the concept album first properly took flight, in the late 1960s, before it became slave to the bloated artifice of prog-rock, it was an extension of the LSD-soaked times: “Songs aren’t big enough, man, I need a bigger canvas!” Famed albums by The Beat

Blu-ray: The Night Porter

Graham Fuller

The Night Porter depicts the consuming sadomasochistic love affair of an SS officer, Max (Dirk Bogarde), and the Catholic woman, Lucia (Charlotte Rampling), whom he both tortures and protects when she is a teenage concentration camp inmate, and who becomes his partner in a protracted liebestod when they m

Album: Katy Carr - Providence

Tim Cumming

Back in 2013, the London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist launched the first of a trilogy of albums exploring her Polish roots and...

Album: New Age Doom - Himalayan Dream Techno

Guy Oddy

theartsdesk eases into 2021 with a Disc of the Day title, Himalayan Dream Techno, that will be hard to beat over the next 12 months, even if it is a...

Album: Hilang Child - Every Mover

Kieron Tyler

The key tracks on Every Mover are “Play 'til Evening” and “Earthborne”. The first shimmeringly fuses anthemic, gospel-edged singing and surging...

Album: Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz

Thomas H Green

Stockholm punks impress with heart and musical range on their second album

Album: Steve Earle & The Dukes - JT

Liz Thomson

JT, RIP: Steve Earle's loving tribute to his son

Albums of the Year 2020: Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

Mark Kidel

The gifted young and the old reflect on troubled times

Albums of the Year 2020: Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords

Peter Quinn

A dazzling double album from the acclaimed composer, arranger and bandleader

DVD/Blu-ray: Are We Lost Forever

Tom Birchenough

Separation, Swedish-style, in a chamber portrait of a gay couple in break-up

Albums of the Year 2020: Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling

Nick Hasted

Sorrow and anger at a trampled American Dream

Albums of the Year 2020: A.G. Cook – 7G

Harry Thorfinn-George

A mammoth 49 song post-post-modern riot of sound

Albums of the Year 2020: Joensuu 1685 - ÖB

Kieron Tyler

The welcome return of Finland’s spiritual explorers

Albums of the Year 2020: AC/DC - Power Up

Russ Coffey

Was classic rock the best escape from the 2020 blues?

Albums of the Year 2020: Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter

Katie Colombus

A strangely prophetic yet comforting album for our times

Blu-ray: Visual Acoustics

Tom Birchenough

'The Modernism of Julius Shulman' salutes an eminent American architectural photographer

Albums of the Year 2020: Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Making space for the things we don't talk about in quarantine times

Blu-ray: Short Sharp Shocks

Graham Rickson

Entertaining but patchy collection of macabre British shorts

Blu-ray: Polytechnique

Graham Fuller

Denis Villeneuve's depiction of the 1989 femicide in Montreal gives no quarter

Albums of the Year 2020: Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways

Tim Cumming

Dylan pulls out the stops for this late-period masterpiece

Blu-ray: Crash

Demetrios Matheou

Cronenberg's controversial collision of cars and sex retains its power to provoke

Albums of the Year 2020: Songhoy Blues - Optimisme

Guy Oddy

Mali’s unlikely musical superstars speak truth to power while moving hips and feet

Albums of the Year 2020: Cleo Sol - Rose in the Dark

Joe Muggs

A luminous highlight of a Brit soul renaissance

Albums of the Year 2020: Marius Neset – Tributes

Sebastian Scotney

The Norwegian saxophonist finds reasons to be cheerful

Albums of the Year 2020: Melt Yourself Down - 100% Yes

Thomas H Green

The music that kept spirits raised during the year of you-know-what

Album: Paul McCartney - McCartney III

Nick Hasted

Lockdown redemption for a rejuvenated master

Album: Carrie Underwood - My Gift

Katie Colombus

Have yourself a totally traditional Christmas

Album: Dolly Parton - A Dolly Holly Christmas

Joe Muggs

Seriously, how much kitsch can you handle?

Album: Calexico - Seasonal Shift

Guy Oddy

Tex-Mex rockers and their mates offer a cross-cultural seasonal celebration

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