- Released: May 28, 2002
- Label: Ninja Tune
CMJ - 6/02, p.14
"...EVERYDAY oozes with a newfound maturity that takes each composition back and forth through an exploration of musical crevices and sub-genres..."
JazzTimes - 9/02, p.90
"...The perfect score for an edgy post-9/11 film noir..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 1/03, p.75Ranked #8
in Mojo's "Best Dance Albums of 2002"
Mojo (Publisher) - 6/02, p.112
"...This coming together of veteran vocal eminence and contemporary sound sculptors produces some extraordinary results..."
- 1.All That You Can Give - (featuring Fontella Bass)
- 4.Evolution - (featuring Fontella Bass)
- 5.Man With the Movie Camera
- 6.All Things to All Men - (featuring Roots Manuva)
- 7.Every Day
The Cinematic Orchestra includes: J. Swinscoe.
Additional personnel includes: Fontella Bass, Roots Manuva.
Recorded at Blows Yards Studio, London, England.
Personnel: Fontella Bass (vocals); Roots Manuva (spoken vocals); Phil France (electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, acoustic bass, electric bass); Luke Flowers (drums); Milo Fell (percussion); Patrick Carpenter (electronics, turntables).
Liner Note Author: Gilles Peterson.
Recording information: 4 Seasons Media Productions, St. Louis, MO; Aim Studios, London, England; Blows Yard Studios, London, England; Moolah Rouge Studios, Stockport, England.
Photographer: Carl Fox.
With Every Day, Cinematic Orchestra move beyond the electro-jazz fusion of their debut to make a record more natural, more paced, and, surprisingly, better than the justly hyped Motion. J Swinscoe is more the arranger/conductor here than the producer, but of course, there's little need for samples or effects with such an accomplished band sharing the burden. For the opener "All That You Give," Swinscoe and Co., plus harp player Rhodri Davies, spend a few minutes delicately paving the way for a deeply felt vocal by soul hero Fontella Bass. "Burn Out" is a lush, meditative track with a pleasantly ambling solo from Phil France on electric piano, a few appropriately cinematic-sounding horns, an age-old vocal sample, and occasional creaking static phasing through. Bass returns for another splendid track ("Evolution"), and the mighty Roots Manuva appears on a magisterial, spoken-word quasi-autobiography, "All Things to All Men." Except for a pair of detours into highly programmed "broken beat" production, Every Day is a textured, acoustic work; Cinematic Orchestra take their time setting up these songs -- of the seven tracks, four last over nine minutes. The sounds and styles heard may not be revolutionary, but instead of simply pushing stylistic boundaries, Cinematic Orchestra display a real gift in making emotional, artistic music. ~ John Bush