The Cinematic Orchestra do not work with haste. To Believe is their first full, proper studio album since 2007’s Ma Fleur, and its title track (with gorgeous vocals from Moses Sumney) has been circulating as a single since 2016. But now, when they are good and ready, they present To Believe in full! Guests include Heidi Vogel and the great Roots Manuva, and this one promises to be another deep classic. On Ninja Tune.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £23.63 ZEN226X
Deluxe Edition 2LP on Ninja Tune. 180g clear vinyl and 180g white vinyl housed in roughboard sleeve with black foil detail and glossy printed inners. Artwork and design by The Designers Republic.
- Coloured vinyl
- Limited edition
- Includes download code
Vinyl Double LP £20.49 ZEN226
2LP on Ninja Tune. 180g black vinyl housed in roughboard sleeve with glossy printed inner sleeves. Artwork and design by The Designers Republic.
- Includes download code
CD £9.99 ZENCD226
CD on Ninja Tune.
There’s no denying it. No one does what The Cinematic Orchestra do better than they do. 12 years ago they claimed the crown for band most likely to make me feel like I’m watching the emotional climax of a good film with Ma Fleur and its devastating single ‘To Build A Home’. Now, in 2019, they're batting away any pretenders and keeping a firm grip on their title.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that To Believe isn’t some radical shift, even the album’s name is entirely pregnant with cathartic promise. Let’s be honest, it’s been 12 years, there’s no reason for them not to go back to that well. And straight from the off it’s clear what you’re in for. Those with a fragile composition beware, Moses Sumney and The Cinematic Orchestra are here to make you cry. The title track's combination of the band’s bold and commanding instrumentals and Sumney’s fragile and engrossing vocals is powerful to the point of being irresponsible. The same can be said for the album’s closer, ‘A Promise’ featuring similarly emotive vocals from Heidi Vogel. This one at least has the decency to give us a lengthy instrumental introduction before demanding we turn on the waterworks.
Best though is the track which does not feature someone singing. ‘A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life’ has Roots Manuva delivering a spoken word sermon with lines like ‘’why would you hide from yourself, belief is here to find you”, channelling the feelings The Cinematic Orchestra have always aimed for into something accessible and conversational.
My biggest criticism of To Believe, is that there aren't any moments of pause. Listening to the album in full is exhausting. Though I don’t doubt that’s exactly what the band were aiming for.
10/10 Steve 11th April 2019
It's going to take me a while to fully get my head around this. I have most of the bands output and rate them highly. This is up there with the best of their work and although some may be a little unsure of the vocalists I am well impressed. The Moses Sumney track in particular could quite easily move me to tears.
Production is incredible with this set of tunes and the album flows well. A must have.
10/10 Edwina 28th March 2019
Absolutely fantastic! Well worth the wait. I am really enjoying this and am binge listening. Great quality pressing. The marvellous Cinematic Orchestra! Money spent on this will never be wasted....sublime, and each track amazing. Yep, I’m a definite fan.
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