The Cinematic Orchestra ‎– Ma Fleur

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To Build A Home 5:58
Familiar Ground 4:33
Child Song 5:11
Music Box 5:01
Prelude 2:40
As The Stars Fall 5:51
Into You 2:59
Ma Fleur 4:06
Breathe 6:26
That Home 1:41
Time & Space 8:34

Versions (15)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZENCD122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) Ninja Tune ZENCD122 UK 2007 Sell This Version
DNO 151 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(2xLP, Album) Domino USA DNO 151 US 2007 Sell This Version
ZEN 122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Ninja Tune ZEN 122 UK 2007 Sell This Version
BRC-170 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-170 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
DNO 151 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) Domino USA DNO 151 US 2007 Sell This Version
BARCODE17CD The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) Barcode Records BARCODE17CD Poland 2007 Sell This Version
DNO 151 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Dig) Domino USA DNO 151 US 2007 Sell This Version
ZENCD 122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Ltd) Ninja Tune ZENCD 122 UK 2007 Sell This Version
ZENCD 122 X The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Ltd) Ninja Tune ZENCD 122 X UK 2007 Sell This Version
DNO 151 P The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Promo) Domino USA DNO 151 P US 2007 Sell This Version
ZENCD122P The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, Promo) Ninja Tune ZENCD122P UK 2007 Sell This Version
ZEN 122 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(2xLP, Album, RP, 180) Ninja Tune ZEN 122 UK 2013 Sell This Version
R63 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) No Paper Records R63 Poland 2015 Sell This Version
BRC-508 The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, RE) Beat Records BRC-508 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
none The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Blu) Ninja Tune none US 2017 Sell This Version

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leonthepro

leonthepro

October 10, 2017
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, DNO 151
Do people who have listened to this and the ltd 33rpm version find a difference in quality?
leonthepro

leonthepro

June 27, 2017
edited 27 days ago
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ZEN 122

I awaited this album for a long time and frankly it didn't disappoint, it rather impressed me in most areas. I firstly did not expect a case holding all the images and records. It feels like a real package with all the extras. Beautiful images accompany the tracks as explained on the front one. The only real negative about the design being that there is no plastic lining for the record sleeves and no lyrics sheet. They could easily have been written on the back of the images. An unfortunate oversight. But I have to say I love the way they numbered the sides with letters half visible in the corner of each label, highlighting the current one in blue. Tricky to see at first but stylish non the less. To get into the music itself we start off with the mastering which I agree with many is really "mastered". The singing is sharp and clear like the strings and the bass is meaty just like it should be. One of the better I have heard and it genuinely made previously inaudible sounds heard. But where I disagree is in the pressing department. On some tracks its mostly drowned out but on the more quiet ones you can still notice the rather low surface noise, but more alarming are the pops and crackles. On random they can burst out of your speaker, sometimes with more consistency. So Im afraid its just too many negatives to give it a perfect score. Dont fret that its a dealbreaker however. It just did not meet expectations, so set them at standard, at least pressing wise. Overall its a sturdy package with few shortcomings and for me an absolutely great one for showing what vinyl is really all about and what it can produce.

Edit: I dont remember exactly in what condition I got my copy but looking now its a little dirtier than I imagined when first reviewing. Take my words about the imperfect pressing with a grain of salt. It might just be my copy. A cleaner one might fair a little better.

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davidhowes1977

davidhowes1977

February 13, 2017
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ZEN 122
There it was. Sat in Fopp for £23. Had to scrutinise it from top to bottom to make sure I hadn't bought the repress (which I'd assumed I had) when I was logging it to my collection. Blind luck it's stayed there for so long...that, and everyone else's poor taste. Brilliant album...
jamesgadd

jamesgadd

November 12, 2016
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, RP, 180, ZEN 122
Is anyone else's copy of this particularly noisy on the A-side? :(
chrissy.winter

chrissy.winter

March 21, 2016
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ZEN 122

Found a sealed copy of this and promptly got it today.
Holy balls what a pressing, what a package. Lovely box type container sleeve. Photograph inserts are mint with two splendid 180g pressed records.
My kids are going hungry tonight Worth every penny.
Thanks ninja tune xxx
h4ndcrafted

h4ndcrafted

September 15, 2013
referencing Ma Fleur, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, ZEN 122

Simply the best album I have ever owned.
RPGiste

RPGiste

February 22, 2013
referencing Ma Fleur, CD, Album, ZENCD122
For anyone hoping for a repress of this gem. Here's the chance : http://www.beatdelete.com/releases/the-cinematic-orcherstra/ma-fleur
scoundrel

scoundrel

October 23, 2007
referencing Ma Fleur, CD, Album, Dig, DNO 151

_Ma Fleur_ represents a radical departure from the Cinematic Orchestra that we knew and loved. Whereas their earlier album were interested in grand, sweeping arrangements to fill all the available sonic space, _Ma Fleur_ has simplified arrangements that emphasize and clears out that sonic space. The "orchestra" aspect has been reduced to a guitar -- but the net effect is no less stunning. The simplicity lends itself to a much more personal and intimate album.

For example, the piano chords and strings that start off "That Home" maintain a quiet dignity throughout. "Familiar Ground," possibly the best track on the album, has some terrific emotional builds, augmented by the shoegazer-influenced electric guitar strums. The earnest vocals carry a wonderful sense of melancholy -- listen to how the chorus ends the track on an unresolved chord.

More than anything, the album as a whole sounds like a journey -- one track leads sonically into the next. Each track on his earlier album was its own discrete journey, but _Ma Fleur_ pulls them together beautifully. Thus, the reverberating guitar lick that lead out "As the Stars Fall" reprises at the start of "Into You." Louise Rhodes, who whispers seductively betwixt the layers of guitar plucking and whispering on "Music Box," quickly takes the lead in the episodic "Time and Space." Patrick Wilson ends the album on "To Build a Home," an extension of the opening track.

But for those who mourn the loss of the "old" Cinematic Orchestra, there are still several tracks that have the angular jazz of the original, like the freeform clarinets on the title track. Fontella Bass, who brought immense power on the _Every Day_ album, lends her bluesy lungs again on "Breathe." But instead of demanding another repeat of their earlier success, why not bask in the glory of their new work? A flower by another other name would smell as sweet.
Millwood

Millwood

August 27, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Ma Fleur, CD, Album, ZENCD122

I feel compelled to say something about this, the Cinematic Orchestra's fourth full length album. It seems to be one of the most polarising releases of 2007, as far as popular opinion goes.

I listened to snippets of this album several months back on Itunes, and upon encountering the song-based, bold departure from their previous works, I decided not to buy it.. Because it simply wasn't what I was expecting. Five months on, and eagre to do some purchasing, I decided to give the album a second chance. Initially, I was quite disappointed.. The album lacked rhythm and continuity, and was a drastic departure from everything I'd heard before. But, having sacrificed my money, I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. And I'm so glad I did.

Without wanting to harp on too much, I think the key to appreciating this album is forgetting everything that has gone before. Once I began to appraise it on its own merits, rather than comparing it to the band's previous efforts, I fell completely in love.. The lyrics, the composition, the flow of the album.. It all clicked. And I think this is the sad thing about artists like the Cinematics attempting to depart from their established sound; fans, both loyal and otherwise, will always have expectations. And this will more often than not blind them to the development and direction that artists chose to take.

Often this shift may well be a negative one, and the scepticism totally justified.. But I feel the need to stress that this is not one of those instances. Forget Motion, Every Day, and Man With The Movie Camera. This is something totally different.. But no less worthwhile. It is beautiful, beguiling, and intelligent.. And whether or not this is indicative of things to come is beside the point, because what Swinscoe has created here is something quite timeless. And those who open their minds (and hearts) to Ma Fleur will be duly rewarded.