Citizens Of Glass - Agnes Obel
As a huge fan of Agnes Obel’s previous two albums, my expectations were high for her latest release Citizens Of Glass and fortunately the Danish-born artist does not disappoint.
If you’ve heard her music before you will love this new album, showcasing what she does best with the sound of strings and the gorgeous, often uplifting vocals complementing each other.
Her writing clearly owes a debt to her classical music and she serves up another wonderful collection of songs that deserve to be heard.
Citizens Of Glass is out now on CD and digital download.
Joanna - Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is back with her new album, Joanne and whilst it delivers a striking change of direction for the artist, it is a logical progression away from the pure pop she has been known for.
There is an earthy, raw sound at the core of this album and the title track, which Gaga dedicates to her paternal aunt, is a poignant nod to a woman she never knew.
Overall fans will be won over by this new sound and for any first time discoverers of Lady Gaga, this is as good a place as any to start, demonstrating a newfound maturity that may win her more fans.
Joanne is out now on CD and digital download.
The Boss (12)
A titan of industry (Melissa McCarthy) is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
The marmite of movies stars, you either warm to McCarthy or are repelled by her. Those of you who fall in the latter camp won’t find anything here to change your opinion.
It’s a by-the-numbers comedy that tries to spice up the format by cutting close to the edge with its humour and violence but ultimately doesn’t really deliver much we haven’t seen before.
Game of Thrones fans will despair at seeing one of their favourite actors from the series stooping to new lows and you wonder how his management ever convinced him it was a good idea.
The Boss is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Alice Through The Looking Glass (12)
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). This immediately begs the question why? The original movie wasn’t a classic and the last thing cinema needed was a return to a world of CGI overload without any real soul or substance.
It’s a shame because there could have been a chance to really improve on what come before and there are a host of fine actors who lend their talents to the production.
Perhaps the most heartfelt moment is the dedication to the late Alan Rickman who voices the blue butterfly and reminds us what a loss to the industry he is.
If you must put yourself through it, Alice Through The Looking Glass is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
The consistently entertaining and polar opposite of the Call of Duty series, returns with something of a reinvention on PS4 and Xbox One, as players are thrust into the brutal environment of World War I. The high-tech antics of previous releases are abandoned in favour of a much grittier and diverse campaign mode as well as a redesigned multi-player experience.
The single player game takes you on a global journey across six war stories that are all accessible from the start and feature a number of missions that focus on characters and manoeuvres from the Great War. Each interpretation is beautifully presented and the quality of graphics on show really pushes the next gen consoles to their limit in places.
Throughout the campaigns there is a genuine sense of desperation and hopelessness that is perfectly recreated. It’s light years away from the forthcoming COD but that is a refreshing experience in itself. As well as being diverse and engaging, the single player modes act as an excellent test for multiplayer. And this is a brilliant multiplayer game, with a varied series of modes that all combine to make Battlefield 1 a lavish and intense game.
If you’re looking for the first must-have title in the run up to the Christmas deluge of games then this is surely it!
Battlefield 1 is out now on PS4 and Xbox One.
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