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Releases for 15 November 2019

15 November’s six lovelies lead off with Our Pathetic Age, the result of an intensely creative period that found hip-hop and electronic innovator DJ Shadow delving further into original composition and experimentation, including his first fully composed orchestral piece and collaborations with the likes of Run the Jewels, Nas, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. Boards Of Canada’s one and only Peel Session is released for the first time in its complete form, including ‘XYZ’, presented in the highest quality and adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell. Following their critically acclaimed 2018 studio album Dissolution, British art-rock band The Pineapple Thief return with Hold Our Fire, exploring the often-dark consequences of living in a society in which everything is played out on a public stage. Lady Antebellum has become one of the 21st century’s premier vocal groups. New album Ocean represents both a new beginning and a return to their roots. If modern country is your thing, then this is for you. The dark, dramatic soundtrack of the BBC’s Peaky Blinders gets a welcome release, featuring songs by Nick Cave, Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, Royal Blood, The Last Shadow Puppets, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Laura Marling and Foals, among others.

Our album of the week is the outstanding No Treasure But Hope, whose lush melodies and inquisitive spirit cast a fresh light on Tindersticks’ core qualities, expanding the horizon without losing the focus and collecting some of their most immediate work.

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  • No Treasure But Hope is an outstanding album rich in intuitive warmth, lush melodies and an inquisitive spirit that casts a fresh light on Tindersticks’ core qualities. With the band intent on rediscovering what they can do, this album expands the horizon without losing the focus and manages to collect some of the band’s most immediate work.
  • Note: the LP is available on indies-only clear vinyl.
  • DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age
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  • Our Pathetic Age is the result of an intensely creative period that found hip-hop and electronic innovator DJ Shadow delving further into original composition and experimentation. The first half features 10 instrumental works that balance some of Shadow’s most menacing sounds with beams of hope, including his first fully composed orchestral piece. The second half features a selection of vocal collaborations with artists such as Run the Jewels, Nas, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon.
  • Boards Of Canada - Peel Session
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  • Boards Of Canada’s one and only Peel Session is released for the first time in its complete form, with the inclusion of the previous broadcast-only track ‘XYZ’. In the age of immediate, unelected, often low-quality rips of anything that is broadcast, this release presents each track in the highest quality and is adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell.
  • The Pineapple Thief - Hold Our Fire
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  • Following their critically acclaimed 2018 studio album Dissolution, British art-rock band The Pineapple Thief return with Hold Our Fire, an album whose concept explores the often-dark consequences of living in a society in which everything is played out on a public stage. This theme is paralleled in the cover art, which was created by ‘glitching’ the original photographs.
  • Lady Antebellum - Ocean
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  • Over the course of their decade-long career, Lady Antebellum has become one of the 21st century’s premier vocal groups, blending deeply felt emotions with classic country sounds. The new album, Ocean, represents both a new beginning and a return to their roots. Beautiful harmonies twist through the 13 new songs, which have had input from some of Nashville’s hottest songwriters. If modern country is your thing, then this is for you.
  • Various Artists - Peaky Blinders OST
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  • The massively popular BBC drama series Peaky Blinders is known for its dark and dramatic soundtrack, which acts as a window into the mind of Tommy Shelby – a tortured ex-soldier who suffers from PTSD after fighting in the trenches during the First World War. It’s not just the low tones of Nick Cave’s vocals in the opening theme tune that have become synonymous with this Birmingham-based flagship gangster drama.
  • Alongside the atmospheric opener, all the songs featured in the show have been painstakingly chosen to reflect the feel of the programme (the violence, the grit, and the glamour). The album features songs by Nick Cave himself, Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, Royal Blood, The Last Shadow Puppets, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Laura Marling and Foals, among others.
 

 

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Releases for 8 November 2019

The first of our recommendations for 8 November is In All Weather, the first solo album in nine years from Josienne Clark, whose lyrics lay bare her life with a leave-it-all-behind-and-start-anew quality, to pared-back accompaniment. American singer-songwriter and Byrds founding member Gene Clark’s 1974 album No Other was a commercial failure but is widely regarded as his masterpiece. Now music lovers have a chance to discover, or perhaps rediscover, this gem 45 years on. Magalene, the highly anticipated second album from FKA twigs, was created during a period in which her confidence was knocked following heartbreak and laparoscopic surgery, and it’s the sound of twigs reconfiguring, emotionally and physically. Luke Combs’s full-length debut, What You See Is What You Get, makes a persuasive case that he’ll be country music’s next superstar – he is on a run of 6 consecutive number 1s! The Flower Kings return with the stunning Waiting For Miracles, which harks back to the joyful and playful style of their early work, yet has a fresh and timeless quality. Opulent, dynamic, melodic, catchy, complex, this is what you’d expect from a proper prog-rock monument.

Our album of the week – in fact, our album of the year so far – is Ghosteen, the latest from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, which in its quiet way is devastatingly beautiful. But don’t take our word for it – the Guardian said: “Perhaps the most straightforwardly beautiful set of songs that Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have ever recorded.

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  • Ghosteen is the latest from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, and it’s our album of the year so far! In its quiet way, it is devastatingly beautiful. But don’t take our word for it – the Guardian thought so to! They said: “For all the cinematic attractiveness of their arrangements and the title track’s opening meditation on the beauty of the world, the long songs on album two seem darker in tone, filled with sleepless nights, departures and desperate fantasies of escape. Perhaps the most straightforwardly beautiful set of songs that Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have ever recorded.
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  • In All Weather is the first solo album in nine years from Josienne Clark, and finds her life laid bare and played out in the leave-it-all-behind-and-start-anew nature of the lyrics. Josienne accompanies herself on pared-back acoustic and electric guitar throughout.
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  • On the eve of what would have been American singer-songwriter and Byrds founding member Gene Clark’s 75th birthday, his 1974 masterpiece No Other gets a long overdue reappraisal. Although received warmly by critics on release, it flopped and was soon deleted, a failure Gene never came to terms with. It has been remastered at Abbey Road, so that music lovers have a chance to discover, or perhaps rediscover, this gem 45 years on.
  • Note: There is a limited double CD edition in a hardbound book cover, which includes a bonus disc of alternate studio versions of each track.
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  • Magalene, the highly anticipated second album from FKA twigs, was created during a period in which her confidence was knocked following heartbreak and laparoscopic surgery. Magalene is the sound of twigs reconfiguring, emotionally and physically. The album was self-produced and, as with LP1, the recording process was directed by her at every stage.
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  • Luke Combs’s full-length debut, What You See Is What You Get, makes a persuasive case that he’ll be country music’s next superstar. Clocking in at a generous 17 tracks, the album has received three nominations at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards, and Luke is on a run of 6 consecutive number 1s!
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  • The Flower Kings are back! They have returned with a stunning new album, Waiting For Miracles, which has been described as “pure prog rock – with boatloads of vintage keyboards – odd time drumming and long guitar solos, elements of pop, prog, rock, symphonic and cinematic music!” This album harks back to the joyful and playful style that made the band famous in the late ’90s, yet offers a fresh and timeless quality. Opulent, dynamic, melodic, catchy, complex, Waiting For Miracles is all you would expect from a proper prog-rock monument.
 

 

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Releases for 1 November 2019

1 November’s six recommended releases kick off with From Out Of Nowhere, the new album from Jeff Lynne’s ELO. Lynne is at the peak of his powers as a songwriter, musician and producer, and this album shows him finding new facets to his signature sound, drawing on his globally loved legacy and forging new paths. Travellin’ Thru 1967–69: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 revisits Bob Dylan’s pivotal musical journeys to Nashville during those three years, unveiling 47 previously unreleased recordings from John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait, plus the fabled 1969 Nashville studio sessions with Johnny Cash. 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s acclaimed ninth album, Monster, and this box-set edition includes a new mix by producer Scott Litt, unreleased demos and a complete live performance, as well as a documentary film of R.E.M.’s 1995 tour and all six music videos from Monster. It’s also another anniversary: Guerilla, the third album from Super Furry Animals, turns 20, and to celebrate we have been gifted this delicious expanded re-release, with loads of bonus tracks to help dull the pain of realisation that it has been twenty years since its original release! For Back To Blues Volume 2, the second of Black Stone Cherry’s homages to the music that inspired them, they have selected six more of their favourite tunes by Freddie King, Robert Johnson, Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James and Son House, reimagined with the meaty moxie of classic B.S.C.

Our album of the week is Kiwanuka, which finds a new assuredness in Michael Kiwanuka’s writing, and takes the basic sonic blueprint of his acclaimed number 1 album Love & Hate to a dizzying new realm, once again produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo.

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  • Michael Kiwanuka’s third studio album, entitled simply Kiwanuka, is Michael serving from the heart, from the mind, and from the soul. The album was recorded in New York, LA and London with Danger Mouse and Inflo at the controls, the same production team that combined so magnificently on Love & Hate. They take the basic sonic blueprint of that last record to a dizzying new realm on Kiwanuka, which also finds a new assuredness in Michael’s writing.
  • Michael will tell you of his love for records that entwine their songs with incidental skits and shape-shifting spiralling outros, making the listener experience almost that of listening to one long, dramatic song. Kiwanuka fulfils that winding, dream-like haze, unhurried.
  • On the album title, Michael explains “This album, it’s kind of a defiant thing; I’m engaging with who I am and I’m not going to have an alter ego, or become Sasha Fierce or Ziggy Stardust, even through everyone’s telling me I need to be this, that or the other. I can just be Michael Kiwanuka.
  • Note: the limited-edition deluxe CD is housed in a 16-page hardback book; the LP version comes on yellow vinyl, available only from record shops.
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  • From Out Of Nowhere is the new album from Jeff Lynne’s ELO, a band whose music has touched fans deeply across three generations now. Jeff has found himself in recent years at the peak of his powers as a songwriter, musician and producer. As does its predecessor, 2015’s Alone In The Universe, this album shows Lynne finding new facets to his signature sound, at once drawing on his globally loved legacy and forging new paths in both sounds and emotions.
  • Bob Dylan - Travellin’ Thru 1967–69: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15
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  • Travellin’ Thru 1967–69: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15, the latest chapter in Bob Dylan’s acclaimed Bootleg Series, revisits Dylan’s pivotal musical journeys to Nashville during those three years. The set unveils 47 previously unreleased recordings, including out-takes from John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait, plus the first release of the fabled Bob Dylan–Johnny Cash 1969 Nashville studio sessions.
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    • R.E.M.  Monster (25th Anniversary)  5-CD + Blu-ray Box set £77.99 / 2-LP £25.99
  • 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s acclaimed ninth album, Monster. This box-set edition contains five CDs and a Blu-ray featuring: the original album; a special 2019 remix from the album’s producer, Scott Litt; a CD of previously unreleased demos from the album; and a complete live 1995 performance captured in Chicago. The Blu-ray offers Monster in both hi-resolution stereo and 5.1 surround sound, as well as a host of video content: the 90-minute film ‘Road Movie’, which documents R.E.M.’s 1995 tour, and all six music videos from Monster. The collection is packaged in a 5½-inch portfolio book, featuring liner notes by journalist Matthew Perpetua – with new insight from band members and archival photographs.
  • Super Furry Animals - Guerilla (Expanded)
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  • Guerilla, the third album from Super Furry Animals, turns 20, and to celebrate we have been gifted this delicious expanded re-release, with loads of bonus tracks to help dull the pain of realisation that it has been twenty years since its original release!
  • Black Stone Cherry - Back To Blues Volume 2
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    • Black Stone Cherry  Back To Blues Volume 2  CD £8.99 / LP £15.99
  • For Back To Blues Volume 2, the second of Black Stone Cherry’s homages to the music that inspired them, they have selected six more of their favourite tunes by Freddie King, Robert Johnson, Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James and Son House, reimagined with the meaty moxie of classic B.S.C.
 

 

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