Ma Fleur Ninja Tune

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

While pre­vi­ous al­bums from the Ja­son Swin­scoe-helmed Cin­e­matic Orches­tra were all soar­ing, soul­ful af­fairs, Ma Fleur is moody, down­beat and trou­bled. It’s love and loss that dom­i­nate Swin­scoe’s song­writ­ing on this (oh, yes) sound­track for an imag­i­nary film, each song more turned in on it­self than the last. It’s his cast of vo­cal greats (Fon­tella Bass, Lou Rhodes and Pa­trick Wat­son all take turns at the mic) who colour the album’s mood, with Wat­son’s Jeff Buck­ley­like tim­bre in par­tic­u­lar set­ting an album-wide tone. As Child Song and As the Stars Fall show, Swin­scoe can still turn in­stru­men­tal soul into moody show­stop­pers. Yet there are times when the cease­less flow of in­tro­spec­tion be­comes a mite te­dious and you yearn for Swin­scoe to take the album to higher ground. That, un­for­tu­nately, never hap­pens. www.cin­e­mati­corches­

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