Tommee Profitt has produced a wide range of music for many different productions including movie trailers, video games, and television networks. He already has one LP under his name, titled Deeper, and is following it up with his 2017 release, Cinematic Songs, Vol. 1. Tommee Profitt uses elements of classical, rock, and pop to craft the music of this album together.
Cinematic Songs, Vol. 1 begins with a blast with its leadoff track, “No Escape: Genesis.” Although it starts quietly, the three-and-a-half minute instrumental track has all the energy and power to get listeners on their feet. The song is complete with catchy string riffs, choir voices, and machine-like synths that strike fear in the ears of listeners. There’s also a wobble synth towards the end of the song (around the 2:30 mark) that sounds a little out of place.
The second track, “Caught in the Fire,” is the album’s first vocalist-led song and it features Sam Tinnesz, the lead singer of Wave & Rome. The lyrics of the song could be a little better and more meaningful, but the performance is still solid. The instrumental does a really good job complementing Sam’s vocals and I especially liked the contrast between Sam and the choir vocals in the second verse. “Caught in the Fire” has a very good build-up and closes out with a bang, and listeners should be very impressed with what Tommee Profitt has to offer so far in his album.
“Whose Side Are You On” is the album’s third track and clocks around the same time as the previous track. Again, the lyrics aren’t the best, but Ruelle still delivers a nice vocal performance. The song also isn’t as explosive as the last track. The fourth track “Free” offers a more fierce anthemic sound. Svrcina doesn’t miss a beat with her vocal performance and the chants of “We’ll be free” at the chorus are pleasurable enough to sing along with.
“Insurrection” is the album’s second instrumental song and unsurprisingly it’s just as epic as “No Escape: Genesis.” It has a pleasing introduction that starts off quietly and swiftly builds up to a fiery sound. Although the song ends with a bang, the succeeding track, “I’m Not Afraid” slows things down. The song starts out with a quiet and wonderful blend of Jill Andrews’ vocals (performing under her project name Wondra) and piano high notes. The song has a slow anthemic beat like the fourth track, “Free,” and does its best to sound just as fierce, such as adding distortion to the vocals on the line “I’m not afraid, not afraid.”
The seventh track, “Glass Heart,” hears the return of Sam Tinnesz on vocals and the song takes more of a melancholic approach. Meanwhile, “Soldier” is the album’s eighth track and it has the perfect army-esque chant, which suits Fleurie’s vocals as well. The song’s arrangement is efficient enough to place listeners on a battlefield and keep them fighting and singing along until the work is done.
“Rising Tombs” is the third and final instrumental track of the album (not counting the bonus track) and is also the shortest out of all the other tracks. The build-up of “Rising Tombs” leads me to believe that Cinematic Songs, Vol. 1 is preparing listeners for an all-out, big finale with the remaining three tracks.
“Sleeping With a Ghost,” the tenth track, features Cappa has a different sound compared to the other previous songs, as it relies more heavily on atmospheric synth pads for quite a new cinematic experience. “I’m Seeing Red,” featuring Aron Wright, picks the album up with a more energetic sound. Aron Wright puts his vocal range on display and does a fantastic job bringing emotion out of the song. “Hurts Like Hell” is the album’s finale and brings back Fleurie one last time for the vocals. Although the title uses the words “Hurt” and “Hell,” the song itself is quiet and serene. Fleurie once again delivers a great vocal performance and doesn’t overdo anything to interfere with the vibe of the song.
Cinematic Songs, Vol. 1 also features a cover of “Carol of the Bells,” and even though it’s probably not Christmas as you read this review, you should listen to it anyways because it’s a solid cover by Tommee Profitt.
Overall, Tommee Profitt delivers a cinematic adventure with his thirteen track album, Cinematic Songs, Vol. 1. The adventure isn’t as epic as I expected it to be, as there should have been more variety between the music and not all of the songs with vocals are as great as the instrumental songs. However, even if the adventure falls a little flat, it’s still an engaging enough album in which a lot of listeners will fall in love with an appreciate with what Tommee Profitt has to offer.
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