With a name like Cinema Recorded Music Library, you'd expect the music to be cinematic, and, certainly, they don't disappoint. The title track of _Before the Dark_ takes a simple piano line and adds some quiet embellishments to it, creating a stately, downtempo mood piece. The 70s noir vibe of "Pendulum" contrasts nicely with the upbeat funk of "Almost There." If you're in the mood of some light disco flavor, "After Dark" will happily fill that quotient. "Lost" has a pretty delicacy, while "Crash and Burn" drifts along on a wobbly guitar until midway, when it holds true to its name, and injects a strong stab of electric guitar and percussion. "The Dawn" reprises "Before the Dark" as a nice way to round out the album. While not groundbreaking, the album is certainly enjoyable, something to keep in your own personal library.