Album Review

Cinematic Orchestra, The – “To Believe” – [Ninja Tune]

Medusa of Troy   11/20/2019   A Library, CD

“To Believe” is Cinematic Orchestra’s 5th album and was released 12 years after its 4th one, “Ma Fleur”. The British electro-acoustic jazz ensemble sounds a bit different on this release than their early albums. It sounds less like traditional jazz rhythms, softer and mellower in a higher register of strings. Of the 7 tracks on the album, two are instrumentals, the rest sung by a range of guest performers. Layers of strings and piano and drum start light but build into sweet, cathartic crescendos. The concept for the album is ‘belief in the age of Brexit’ but the specifics of what or who to believe in are not enumerated – “To Believe” seems more about the act versus the object of believing. “Little” is a stand-out instrumental from the album, with an incessant, infectious drum beat from beginning to end. A return to form by masters of nu-jazz.

you heard it 34 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 82 days ago, Bryan Chandler played A Caged Bird / Imitations of Life (featuring Roots Manuva)
  • 310 days ago, Sir Cumference played A Caged Bird / Imitations of Life (featuring Roots Manuva)
  • 315 days ago, Lucky Jae played The Workers of Art
  • 315 days ago, Ras Babo played Lessons
  • 315 days ago, Dusty Rhodes played Lessons
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