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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
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, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
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: 4/15/2002
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724381190722
  • Catalog Number: 8119072
  • Sales rank: 83,722

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ruthless Gravity (5:59)
  2. 2 Wake Up in New York - Evan Dando (3:30)
  3. 3 Miracle - Mogwai (3:21)
  4. 4 Amber (5:10)
  5. 5 Finding Beauty (3:40)
  6. 6 Waltz - Antye Greie-Fuchs (5:17)
  7. 7 Inhaler (4:59)
  8. 8 Hymn 2 - Photek (4:49)
  9. 9 Snow - David McAlmont (3:54)
  10. 10 Starless II (4:37)
  11. 11 Stay (Faraway, So Close!) - Bono (6:02)
  12. 12 Niente (4:49)
  13. 13 Sea Song - Wendy Stubbs (6:14)
  14. 14 Let It Be Love - Steve Lindsay (3:50)
  15. 15 Choral Ending (2:49)
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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, 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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