Cinematic

Cinematic

by Adrian Borland
     
 

Borland's last major solo release before his untimely death is a good showcase for his under appreciated talent. With the assistance of a variety of side performers and musicians, Borland offers up a selection of songs with his passion and sense of haunting post-punk derived drama very much intact from his Sound days.See more details below

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Borland's last major solo release before his untimely death is a good showcase for his under appreciated talent. With the assistance of a variety of side performers and musicians, Borland offers up a selection of songs with his passion and sense of haunting post-punk derived drama very much intact from his Sound days. Generally quieter but no less intense than much of his '80s work, Cinematic lives up to its name more than once, with mysterious atmospheres matched by often understated but still sharply realized songs and lyrics. A fair number of songs, such as the great "I Can't Stop the World," use mellower hip-hop rhythms, which, while a bit initially surprising, are still incorporated rather well into the album's flow. There are times when things sound a bit tinny or chintzy, unfortunately -- "We Are the Night" is especially off, sounding like a rejected Pat Benatar number -- but thankfully it's never too much of a problem. The title track is nicely representative of the album as a whole, an acoustic strum with light band accompaniment, while Borland's singing and words are world-weary without being self-pitying. His electric guitar instrumental break is simple yet effective, a beautiful chime. "Bright White Light" is the early standout, with a rhythm derived from a clipped, second-long loop of feedback, then backed by a full band setup. Borland's quiet verses are offset by a full-bodied, glorious chorus, at once inviting and warning. It's a hard act to follow, but Cinematic thankfully contains many other strong points to recommend it. "Night Cascade" has a brisk, clean rush to it; it's very reminiscent of the Sound but has a crisper touch all around, nicely offset by Borland's singing. "Western Veil" is especially fine, a take on the moody, modern high and lonesome sound done by the likes of such acts as A Small Good Thing and Steve Roach.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/1996
Label:
SETANTA RECORDS
UPC:
0606291000325
catalogNumber:
3

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Tracks

  1. Dreamfuel
  2. Bright White Light
  3. When Can I Be Me
  4. Cinematic
  5. Night Cascade
  6. Neon & Stone
  7. Long Dark Train
  8. Antarctica
  9. Western Veil
  10. We Are the Night
  11. Dreamfuel 2
  12. I Can't Stop the World
  13. Heading Emotional South
  14. Spanish Hotel
  15. The March

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adrian Borland   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Paul Hoad   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Hunziker   Bass,Background Vocals
David Ingham   Background Vocals
James Ingham   Guitar
I.V. Webb   Vocals
Alan Clitheroe   Background Vocals
Pat Rowles   Bass
Neil Rickarby   Bass

Technical Credits

Denis Blackham   Mastering
Adrian Borland   Director,Producer
Mark Kelser   Programming,Engineer
Bruce Licher   Artwork
Mark Hunziker   drum programming
Alan Clitheroe   Arranger,Programming

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