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To Believe

The Cinematic Orchestra

To Believe

Fifth studio album and first for 12 years from the London electronic nu jazz outfit

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  1. 10.0 |   The Observer

    A triumph
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Acts like the Cinematic Orchestra are sometimes dismissed as background music. To Believe refutes that completely. Its gentle warmth makes the work accessible. But once you've pressed play, there is no ignoring it
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  3. 9.0 |   Clash

    A quietly triumphant comeback from the British masters
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  4. 8.0 |   The Music

    An album that asks listeners to really consider what it is that they believe
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Doesn't rush along the cutting edge, but after 12 years absent, it hits this particular spot in time and space: sombre, tense, watchful, looking for calm, but gathering storms. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Reopens their conduit for nocturnal electronic, modern classical and tempestuous jazz, all in an engaging wash. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    No-one else combines dignified grandeur and soulful romance so effectively. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    To Believe comes across as being the soundtrack to a sophisticated inward journey
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    An album that takes the sombre mood of today and translates it into downtempo music that’s both refreshing and thoughtful
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  10. 8.0 |   The FT

    The band’s first album in 12 years moves away from jazz towards unexpectedly euphoric ambient music
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  11. 7.0 |   music OMH

    A worthy return for The Cinematic Orchestra, developing their sound while keeping the trademark fusion between electronic and orchestral that Swinscoe and co. do so well
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  12. 7.0 |   All Music

    Very much an experience that requires engagement if a worthwhile connection is desired; otherwise, it makes for a terrific soundtrack to a film that resides purely in the soul.
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A powerful and polished record, cementing their esteemed position in alternative British music
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  14. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Feels accomplished but unremarkable, neither possessing the kind of experimentalism that might push things forward nor idiosyncratic enough to stand out in a newly crowded marketplace
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  15. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The mood is one of ambivalent bimbling. But even if it doesn’t go anywhere, it does so pleasantly
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