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As If To Nothing [CD]

Craig Armstrong Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005V90X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ruthless GravityCraig Armstrong 5:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wake Up In New YorkCraig Armstrong Featuring Evan Dando 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. MiracleCraig Armstrong Featuring Mogwai And Swati Natekar 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. AmberCraig Armstrong 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Finding BeautyCraig Armstrong 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. WaltzCraig Armstrong Featuring Antye Greie-Fuchs 5:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. InhalerCraig Armstrong 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hymn 2Craig Armstrong Featuring Photek 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. SnowCraig Armstrong Featuring David McAlmont 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Starless IICraig Armstrong 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)Craig Armstrong Featuring Bono 6:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. NienteCraig Armstrong 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sea SongCraig Armstrong Featuring Wendy Stubbs 6:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Let It Be LoveCraig Armstrong Featuring Steven Lindsay 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Choral EndingCraig Armstrong 2:490.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

As If To Nothing follows Armstrong's soundtrack work for Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet and the recent musical extravaganza Moulin Rouge which explains why the second "artist" album from the multi-award winning Scottish composer is perhaps predictably heavy on evocative cinematic atmospherics. Steering closer to his debut Space Between Us than his melodic pop songwriting tendencies (which have in the past resulted in tracks such as Texas' "I Don't Want A Lover"), Armstrong creates a sensuous aural massage built upon the harmonic and string-based musical foundations laid by the arrangement of the dramatic opening track "Ruthless Gravity". Despite the unifying musical thread giving the album a somewhat symphonic feel, the continual shift in mood keeps it intriguing throughout. The epic orchestral compositions also benefit from a diverse selection of vocal contributors. Former Lemonhead, Evan Dando is first up, lending a melancholy voice to the acoustic desolation of "Wake Up In New York" while Mogwai's charmingly evocative Indian-influenced tones immediately transcend the gloom. U2 frontman turned political crusader, Bono, pipes up on the mediocre "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" while it's left to David McAlmont to provide the album's most pompous theatrical moment "Snow". But, despite the odd sniff of pretension, As If To Nothing remains a comfortable if somewhat safe blanket of orchestral ambience. --Christopher Barrett

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same - but in a good way... 27 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
Craig Armstrong, known to many perhaps mainly as a film composer, here delivers his second solo album of original material. Musically this is a real advance on his previous Melankolic offering "The space between us", which suffered from being too closely tied to his work with Massive Attack, and featured among some admittedly brilliant individual pieces, a fair amount of stuff he probably put together in rather a hurry.
So, what is it like? Well, there are the trademark big, lush, sombre strings, some fairly cool bleeps courtesy of Rupert Parkes (Photek) and some quite nice crooning from a number of mega rock stars (eg Bono). Standout track is the fabulous "Wake up in New York", which also has a truly phenomenal acoustic guitar sound on it, complete with creaks. The vocal isn't bad either (!) Other things that stick in the mind include a truly bizarre German expressionist piece he is probably wishing didn't make the cut. Anyone who was at The Barbican show earlier this year will know what I'm talking about.
Overall the album has the gorgeous quality we have come to expect from Armstrong in recent years, having been recorded and mixed as usual by the best team on the planet (Geoff Foster at AIR studios), and will not dissapoint film music heads on that score.
It is good to see Armstrong continuing to make his own music while managing to maintain a presence in the vipers nest that is the Hollywood film music business. He is obviously onto something here: there is a real interest in this kind of intelligent music that bridges the Classical and dance music worlds, but apart from Armstrong and in a slightly darker way Max Richter, there are very few thoughtful composers working that seam.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What will this musical genious compose next ! 30 April 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Probably best known for his collaborations with Massive Attack Craig Armstrong is one of the most creative composers at present. His music cannot be placed into one specific genre, as the scope of sounds created in his music is endless, most considerably the use of thought provoking orchestral melodies, with however the use of drum beats typical to dance which makes his music accessable to everyone. If you're looking for something innovative, atmospheric, and have a keen ear for the classical then this albulm and his previous can't be recommended more. Those who know his contributions to Massive Attack will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fills a hole in the soul of my music collection. 23 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
Thank you Craig!
If I ever met you I'd shake you by the hand and simply say thank you for providing us with such a beautiful work of art. It truly is the sound track to a movie that never was. Yet unlike the sound tracks to so many films this music works entirely on its own merit and will be remembered as such. This will prevent it ageing and lodge it firmly in the top slew of my favourite albums of all time.
The only criticism, here online, seems to be its melancholy aspect, yet quite frankly such moments only add to its overall effect and allow the ethereal uplifts to resound with that much more impact.
When listening to this album I have found that it provides wonderful internal visuals. It quite literally creatively unlocks your mind with its epic sound.
Of particular worthy note, and two of the tracks I most recently listened to are "Wake Up In New York" and "Stay". Heart wrenching lyrics and perfectly placed vocals that drag you in more so than any other music I've listened to of late.
Craig, I write SF and would one day love to have my books turned to screen plays and subsequently movies. Quite simply, I'd have to ask you to provide the sound track.
Keep up the good work!
-Matthew Woodget
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, rich vocals but deeply melancholic 16 April 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this CD. Billed as the Golden Globe and BAFTA winner, the only music that I had knowingly heard from Craig Armstrong was the Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge soundtracks. This CD however is quite different.
The first thing to strike me was the reflectiveness of the whole album; there aren't any up-beat songs. The melancholic streak runs throughout the whole CD. This is not an album to play at a party but as a late-night CD to put on in the background it's perfect.
Some of the instrumental tracks seem empty and like they don't move or go anywhere, similar to some of the 'chillout' albums that I have or to some of the work Philip Glass, however all of these tracks remain melodic even if at times they appear to be a little computer generated.
Conversely the vocal tracks are incredibly rich in sound. Admittedly I'm a U2 fan but in Stay (faraway, so close), Bono's voice soars over a huge orchestral base and at no point is eclipsed by depth of sound backing him.
This album would be a great addition to a CD collection but I think it's probably one that I would have to be in the mood to listen to, it's not something that I could put on in the background whilst I got ready to go out. Having said this it is a good CD and would be perfect to listen to whilst working.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautiful album from a master composer 13 April 2002
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Bless you, Craig Armstrong. You really are a genius. I had the pleasure today to hear most of "As If to Nothing" and many of the pieces moved me to tears they are so beautiful. This is music for the soul. In a short film about this album, Armstrong said the title is about how music is not really tangible, just audio waves that we cannot really hold on to. That may be the case, but this music is already stuck in my head and that is tangible enough for me. I had some fears about this album after seeing the track listing and guest artists. On his last solo piece, "The Space Between Us," Armstrong had Liz Frasier and Paul Buchannan doing vocal duties. It doesn't get much better than that. When I heard Evan Dando was on "As If to Nothing" singing on the first single "Wake Up In New York," I was disappointed. I was never a fan of the Lemonheads. However, Evan Dando has risen to new heights in my eyes. This a beautiful song and he sounds fantastic backed by all the atmosphere Armstrong has created. It evokes NYC and all that has happened there and should be a massive hit. "Ruthless Gravity" is an instrumental that ranks as one of Armstrong's best. It sets the tone for the entire album. Bono gives and inspired reading of the U2 classic "Stay (Faraway, So Close)." I didn't like it in the beginning, but it builds to such a beautiful and haunting finale that I was completely won over. This is my fave U2 song (and its from a Wim Wenders film--even better), so it's nice to see it getting a new lease on life. "Let It Be Love" which closes out the cd (followed by a choral ending) brings the album full cycle and has some of the best lyrics. I have been a fan of Armstrong for years, aftering hearing his work with the great Massive Attack, and of course his award winning soundtrack work. My only hope is that he brings his tour to America. This is probably going to be the best album of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved 'The Space Between Us' so much.......
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Maybe even better than 'The Space..."!
When I get home from work and am a little wound up I just put on my new found friend Craig Armstrong... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael Manning
4.0 out of 5 stars Great background music
Love Craig since he composed love actually soundtrack. You will notice the xfactor use a lot of his work on the show. Nice relaxing cd. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Composer
Just love everything Craig Armstrong has done. Listen to his albums frequently and enjoy every minute of them. Excellent to chill out to
Published 19 months ago by Teeen
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This album becomes an ambient mood floating between and uniting quite a few gorgeous songs written by Craig Armstrong for the other artists he brings along to collaborate with him. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2009 by Deven Gadula
5.0 out of 5 stars GENIUS
An often misused and inappropriate word in the english vocabulary, but believe me this is spot on when describing the work of my fellow Scot.
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Published on 14 Dec 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars simply beautiful
This is the guy who collaborates with massive attack. This is very chilled music, relaxed keyboards and swirling orchestral pieces. Read more
Published on 18 May 2005 by P. Heron
2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant... in places
After hearing the music on the Volvo XC90 advert, which was supposedly similar to Craig Armstrong's 'Finding Beauty', (though by the time I found out what the music was I'd... Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2004 by xiphias_29
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly different
What can one say? I never follow newspaper reviews but after reading one absolutely ecstatic review I followed the masses and bought the CD. Read more
Published on 18 May 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars If beauty was an album then Craig would have made it!
Picture this
July 98. Cephalonia, Greece. Lying on a sunbed.
Hmmm... another free Ministry CD, some useless tracks.... drifting over my head....
WOAH! Read more
Published on 23 April 2002
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