Ma Fleur - The Cinematic Orchestra
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  • Summary: Jason Swinscoe's first Cinematic Orchestra disc in five years is indeed a soundtrack... to an imaginary film.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. It’s not just the recurrent meditations on mortality that makes Ma Fleur even more heart-rendingly beautiful than 2002’s Everyday, it’s also how The Cinematic Orchestra’s new album actually feels.
  2. It’s a demanding and complex album that has proven to be one of the best albums I’ve heard in years, a universal soundtrack to a life that requires no visuals to imagine.
  3. Ma Fleur is a triumphant return for The Cinematic Orchestra.
  4. With its frequent emotional crescendos, then quiet dying away, Ma Fleur is more than a match for its predecessors, and will undoubtedly cement The Cinematic Orchestra’s reputation as intellectually sustaining performers of beautiful, emotive music.
  5. While Ma Fleur is no better than The Cinematic Orchestra’s previous scores, it is equally gorgeous in how it responds to and ekes out intellectual quagmires of song.
  6. Slow, sugary, and perhaps a little too safe, this is not quite the return that Cinematic fans will want it to be.
  7. Predictably, the Orchestra works considerably better as a symphony band than an orchestral accompaniment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. May 28, 2014
    9
    A great and sensitive, moving album, with the chances of transporting us to a world of calm, if it wasn't for some annoying sounds in the background of some songs. Expand

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