Category Archives: Reviews

Stu Garrard – The Beatitudes Manifesto

So this release was 15 years in the making? Even without the book and film that are a part of this whole project, this one would have still been worth the wait.This is the ex-Delirious? guitarist’s best release since… probably … Continue reading

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Broadchurch (Boxed set)

(RLJ Entertainment / Acorn) 19 hours, 50 minutes Region 2 It is no accident that Broadchurch has grabbed Britain’s attention and held it over a few years. This excellent show is all about brokenness among beauty and how a small … Continue reading

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Future of Forestry – Awakened to the Sound

(Sound Swan Records) If Eric Owyoung (who is FoF) is looking for soundtrack commissions, he could do worse than submit this collection, which mixes lush strings, oriental splashes and a dash of Isaiah. A year ago, he released an EP … Continue reading

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Vox Clamantis: The Deer’s Cry (Music by Arvo Pärt)

Arvo Pärt’s music comes in various shades, and for those of us who prefer the most calm-inducing pieces, this release, which features shorter and more recent compositions, is a great find. No one does Pärt like ECM and these seventeen … Continue reading

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The Neal Morse Band: The Similitude of a Dream – the Best Christian Album to Come out in Decades?

After living with the Neal Morse Band’s The Similitude of a Dream for several weeks, I haven’t been as excited about an album release since… the band’s previous one. And that’s with some 70 reviews in between. No wonder that … Continue reading

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Anomalisa (DVD)

This beautifully animated work brushes with many questions about life, relationships and the value we place on individuals.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry Shine their Light in London

This was one of those gigs that you catch at just the right time and place. As the trans-Atlantic partnership of Bragg and Henry played the show, polls were beginning to close in the US presidential elections, and the setting … Continue reading

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Race for the White House

(Acorn Video / DRG) As a dazed world tries to come to terms with what a President Trump might mean for the planet, it may be a comfort to know how underhand and manipulated many previous campaigns have been – … Continue reading

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Jarlath Henderson – Hearts Broken, Heads Turned

Every now and then you get an agitator in the world of folk; someone who takes the songs that have thrived for tens or hundreds of years, and makes them fresh for a new generation – people like Jim Moray … Continue reading

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Janis: Little Girl Blue (DVD)

The 27 Club is a select few. Jimi Hendrix died at that age just weeks before Janis Joplin; Brian Jones and Jim Morrison in the same era; Kurt Cobain much later, and the appropriately-named Amy Winehouse more recently. Most of … Continue reading

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