The Cinematic Orchestra - To Believe
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #41 / 133
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2019 Ratings: #79
March 15, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Nu Jazz, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Observer

To Believe is heartbreakingly brilliant: a collection of exquisitely assembled songs that appear delicate from a distance before revealing a close-quarters core strength.

90
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.

90
Clash

A quietly triumphant comeback from the British masters.

80
The Independent

It’s an album that takes the sombre mood of today and translates it into downtempo music that’s both refreshing and thoughtful.

80
The Skinny

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.

70
musicOMH

To Believe is 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.

70
Loud and Quiet

Swinscoe and Smith have produced a powerful and polished record, cementing their esteemed position in alternative British music.

70
AllMusic

To Believe is 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.

60
The Guardian

This is an album that 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.

60
The 405

While To Believe certainly has some powerful moments, there are also numerous moments that are superfluous and forgettable.

Kinnetic
80
Once you enter this gorgeous record, you'll be head over heels for its majestic beauty.
AlexLW_08
60
Favourite Track: A Caged Bird / Imitations of Life
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Track List

  1. To Believe (feat. Moses Sumney)
  2. A Caged Bird / Imitations of Life (feat. Roots Manuva)
  3. Lessons
  4. Wait for Now / Leave the World (feat. Tawiah)
  5. The Workers of Art
  6. Zero One / This Fantasy (feat. Grey Reverend)
  7. A Promise (feat. Heidi Vogel)
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Added on: January 27, 2019