As If to Nothing

As If to Nothing

by Craig Armstrong
     
 

You may not know his name, but you've probably heard the music of Craig Armstrong, who has written for films such as Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet and collaborated with the likes of U2, Madonna, and the like-minded electronic wizards of Massive Attack. For his second solo album, ArmstrongSee more details below

Overview

You may not know his name, but you've probably heard the music of Craig Armstrong, who has written for films such as Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet and collaborated with the likes of U2, Madonna, and the like-minded electronic wizards of Massive Attack. For his second solo album, Armstrong teams up with a host of musicians and singers that range from superstars -- U2 on the stripped-down remix of "Stay (Far Away So Close)" -- to relative unknowns -- German singer Antye Greie-Fuchs on the gorgeous, melancholy "Waltz." Given Armstrong's background in cinema, it's not surprising that strings and electronic flourishes provide the grist for most of the songs here, especially haunting instrumental pieces such as the disconcerting opener "Ruthless Gravity" and the more rock-informed "Inhaler," laced with electric guitar squiggles and clobbering electronic beats. Further contributions from post-rockers Mogwai, drum 'n' bass guru Photek, and soul singer David McAlmont vary the album's flavor, but the real highlight is the mournful ballad "Wake Up in New York," co-written with and sung by former Lemonhead Evan Dando. Over a glacial beat and ever-blossoming orchestration, Dando's surprisingly rich baritone sings out each painful word with the patience of Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek and the lush texture of David Sylvian. It's a gemlike track in a glistening album that's full of surprises and wonder at every turn.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2002
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724381190722
catalogNumber:
8119072
Rank:
167894

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Craig Armstrong   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Tony Lewis   Celli
Peter G. Hanson   Violin
Paul Archibald   Trumpet
Paul Badley   Choir, Chorus
Mark Berrow   Violin
Leon Bosch   Bass
Catherine Bott   Soprano
Mike Brittain   Bass
Simon Chamberlain   Piano
Michael Clarke   Choir, Chorus
Ben Cruft   Violin
Evan Dando   Vocals
Michael Dorf   Choir, Chorus
Andy Findon   Flute
Simon Grant   Choir, Chorus
Claire Henry   Choir, Chorus
Paul Kegg   Celli
Chris Laurence   Bass
Steven Lindsay   Background Vocals
Martin Loveday   Celli
Pauline Lowbury   Violin
Rita Manning   Violin
Jim McLeod   Violin
Kate Musker   Viola
Richard Norris   Keyboards
Anthony Pleeth   Celli
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
Sonia Slany   Violin
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Kate Wilkinson   Viola
Dave Woodcock   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Andrew Gray   Choir, Chorus
Bill Benham   Viola
Richard Bissill   Horn
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Paul Morgan   Bass
Mary Scully   Bass
Katherine Shave   Violin
Ben Chappell   Celli
Photek   Keyboards
Peter Lale   Viola
Jennie O'Grady   Choir, Chorus
Michael Pearn   Choir, Chorus
Mary Carewe   Choir, Chorus
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Eddie Roberts   Violin
Frank Schaefer   Celli
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Jake Davies   Keyboards
Sarah Leonard   Choir, Chorus
John Parricelli   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andrew Crowley   Trumpet
Susan Flannery   Choir, Chorus
Paul Gardham   Horn
Julian Leaper   Violin
David McAlmont   Vocals
Donald McVay   Viola
Lindsay Shilling   Trombone
Robert Smissen   Viola
Michael McMenemy   Violin
Rachel Allen   Violin
Tim Grant   Viola
Alison Kelly   Violin
Ali MacLeod   Guitar
Iain King   Violin
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Simon Benson   Bass
Warren Zielinski   Violin
John Bowley   Choir, Chorus
Antonia Fuchs   Violin
Sophie Harris   Celli
Paddy Lannigan   Bass
Helen Parker   Choir, Chorus
Laurence Power   Viola
Simon Preece   Choir, Chorus
Rosalind Waters   Choir, Chorus
Stephen Hilton   Keyboards
Simon Fischer   Violin
Swati Natekar   Vocals
Hanif Khan   Tabla
John Anderson Concert Orchestra   Oboe
Naomi Wright   Celli
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

Craig Armstrong   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
David Donaldson   Programming,Digital Editing,Vocal Engineer
Richard Norris   Programming,Vocal Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Vocal Engineer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Photek   Programming
Jake Davies   Programming
Mogwai   Contributor
Matt Dunkley   Orchestration
John Cummings   Reworking
Geoff Allan   Vocal Engineer
Stephen Hilton   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Stuart Braithwaite   Reworking

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