This one's been a long time coming. It's a collector's edition remastered version of Black Celebration in 5.1 surround sound.
While the first CD is a replay of the original album, it's the DVD that really makes this a collector's item.
First up on the DVD is the brilliant hour-long film Depeche Mode 1985-89 (The Songs Aren't Good Enough, There Aren't Any Singles And It'll Never Get Played On The Radio), followed by the entire Black Celebration album in 5.1 and stereo. There's also live versions of the title track, A Question Of Time and Stripped, recorded during a Birmingham concert in April 1986. True DM fans will love the additional tracks which include some favourites and some rarely-found B-sides including Shake The Disease, Flexible, It's Called A Heart, Black Day, But Not Tonight and Breathing In Fumes.
Thankfully, the band haven't ditched their trademark style for upbeat pop tunes and the overall mood is still dark and emotional.
Teo & Tea
Jean Michel Jarre
For someone who started off on such a high note, we're surprised by the outcome of Jean Michel Jarre's latest album. At one point, he was the biggest-selling French artiste in the industry. Today, the music seems just a shadow of what it once was. However, the album's strongest point lies in it's theme. Teo & Tea tells the age-old story of the very human theme of boy seeking girl, and vice versa. The music is largely instrumental packed with polyphony, and symphonic arrangements.
The Dio Years
Here's a collection of Black Sabbath hits post Ozzy Osbourne. At first, when the band recruited Ronnie James Dio, no one could believe that Black Sabbath would dare release an album minus Ozzy. But, as these things tend to go, that's exactly what happened. The songs on this CD are from that era. Besides the usual favourites Neon Nights, Die Young and Lady Evil, the album also features three new recordings: The Devil Cried, Shadow Of The Win and Ear In The Wall.
Pirates of the caribbean: at world's end (OST)
If it's Hans Zimmer in charge of a soundtrack, you already know it's going to be brilliant. This one, like all its predecessors, is artistic, creative and true to the movie's themes. Our favourites are Hoist The Colours, which is a beautiful, haunting way to start both the movie and the soundtrack; At Wits End, an epic work of action-packed music; One Day, with its bittersweet melody and Drink Me Up Hearties, the original Pirates theme and an excellent way to end an excellent soundtrack.