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The Cinematic Orchestra : To Believe

To Believe expands the band's vision of nu-jazz, while dabbling into the realm of pop and dance music.

In excess of a silence, Jason Swinscoe and Dominic Smith return with all sorts of friends in tow with To Believe. Remaining slow and sparse, the album’s seven prolonged tunes display peculiar juxtapositions. Rather than focusing on nu-jazz, they expand their vision with sideways glances at pop and dance.

In a nine-minute instrumental, ‘Lessons’ connects the dots between the nous of visionaries in a limber fluidity, though other songs such as ‘Wait For Now / Leave The World’ sound unfulfilling.

The uneven nature of the songs means that even the strong tracks cannot save the project, there are too many moments of languor where little happens. But when things do happen, the spiralling peaks are pretty lofty.

‘The Workers Of Art’ boasts a forlorn and despondent grandeur. The strings are lavish, almost pillow-like embellishment to an emotionally resonant scale. The simpatico band do their best to fire off a winner, but there is just too little precision in their aim.

Cinematic in name, approach and conception, the album just seems too fragmented and disjointed to make for a cohesive body of work and is perhaps best listened to sporadically.

6.5