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.
Score distribution:
  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: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. allenj
    Jun 11, 2007
    Amazing album. I wonder which album Almost Cool and The Onion reviewers listened to. This album moves into new territory confidently.
  2. JohnW.
    Aug 29, 2008
    An instant classic in my opinion. Deeply moving.
  3. MikeS
    Jan 27, 2009
    Brilliant record. More atmosphere than the rest of the music industry's latest releases.
  4. Borachon
    Jun 11, 2007
    Absolutely beautiful album from start to finish.
  5. ScottT
    Dec 13, 2007
    I must admit, some of the songs on this album aren't as good as their earlier albums, as they've gone for a more mainstream sound, which isn't entirely a bad thing. They've still kept some of their original sound in songs like: As the stars fall, to build a home, and Time and space. But I feel they've gone for a more "raw" sound in songs like: Into you, Ma Fleur, and Breathe. The latter of which, and including: child song, sounds a little rock during the chorus... Orchestral music shouldn't have a chorus! Expand
  6. stevet.
    Jun 28, 2007
    May well disappoint fans of their earlier albums due to its slower, mellower pace but its a real grower. Play it a dozen times from start to finish before judging it. Surprised noones mentioned it but the new vocalist sounds exactly like Jeff Buckley. Expand
  7. robertm
    Jun 15, 2007
    Shockingly bad compared to their first two albums. Although it was predictible for them to move into the territory of trying to appeal to a large audience, it is a shame because Cinematic Orchestra on this new disc sounds very more like an adult contemporary jazz band than an innovative sampling based cutup live jazz band. I rate Motion a 10/10, this album is a very strong 2/10 Expand

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