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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. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    Expertly blends different genres together in a way that only the Cinematic Orchestra while also sounding completely fresh compared to previous releases
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  5. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    The soundtrack to our lives that we didn't know we needed
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  6. 8.0 |   The Music

    An album that asks listeners to really consider what it is that they believe
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  7. 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

  8. 8.0 |   Q

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

  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

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

  10. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    To Believe comes across as being the soundtrack to a sophisticated inward journey
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  11. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The band's use of drums here has never sounded better – in fact, the entire album is a triumphant showcase on how to master percussion, and the finished result is a dreamy 53 minutes that seems to end as quickly as it began. Stunning
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A powerful and polished record, cementing their esteemed position in alternative British music
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  17. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    This is a crucial album. It's great to have The Cinematic Orchestra back again. Let's hope it's not 12 years before we hear from them once more
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  18. 6.6 |   Paste Magazine

    Smith and Swincoe are trying to create music that lasts, even as it pays heed to modern musical trends like the U.K’s broken beat scene, future pop and the still dominant sound of hip-hop
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  19. 6.0 |   Resident Advisor

    Beautiful, but too often lacks subtlety
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 6.0 |   The 405

    A mixed bag of songs with which the group continue to earn their moniker, through moody orchestral pop pieces adorned with the group’s signature electronics, but we’re left wondering whether the soundtrack might have been more interesting
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  23. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A beautiful soundtrack to a film we don’t have the visuals for. And it’s just not quite enough on its own
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