The Man Who Loved Women

Released along with four other François Truffaut films, this '77 piece is one you either love or hate. The auteur's autobiographical protagonist roves around Paris, picking up and ditching a stream of women, musing over what constitutes the perfect female ankle, and philosophising like Woody Allen on opium. Old-school; intense.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—God Is In The House

A booted and suited Cave looks disarmingly like a door-to-door evangelist in this live French show from 2001. The intensity of his earlier work has of late been tempered by a more pensive, hymn-like calm and it's the latter which is to the fore in a set that concentrates on the No More Shall We Part album. Yet it's older material such as "The Mercy Seat" and "Saint Huck" which provide most of the highlights.

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David Sylvian – Blemish

The former Japan man's best work since 1984's Brilliant Trees

Suited And Booted

Rich, passionate third album from Louisville, Kentucky Young disciples

Nice One, Wirral

Heavily-tipped Scouse tunesmiths confirm promise on second LP


Debut from Norwegian popster with numerous guest appearances, including Justine Frischmann and Cerys Matthews

The Darkness – Permission To Land

Joyous, irony-free celebration of stadium rock from British newcomers

Lawrence Of Suburbia

Excellent compilation prefaces reissue of 10 classic, eccentric albums

Associates – The Radio 1 Sessions Vol 2: 1984-1985

Second chapter doesn't begin to match Alan Rankine-assisted Vol 1

Petites Coupures (Small Cuts)

Elegant cast elevates French tragi-comedy

Stars In Their Eyes

Tub-thumping story of how America conquered the final frontier

The Banger Sisters

Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn ham it up energetically in this surprisingly perceptive, punchy comedy about where groupies go when younger rock chicks muscle them out. Hawn wants to keep headbanging in leather, Sarandon's primly settled in beige, Geoffrey Rush is a celibate writer caught in Goldie's slipstream. No more syrupy than Almost Famous.

Welcome To The Jungle

Michael Cimino's searing Vietnam War epic stands its ground

The Nectarine No. 9 – Society Is A Carnivorous Flower

Cantankerous mini album of remixes from Scottish provocateurs

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