As If To Nothing
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
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a landmark year for renowned Scottish composer Craig Armstrong.
His highly praised work on the tremendous film Moulin Rouge
has seen him handed a Golden Globe award and named the composer
of the year by the American Film Institute. But, hey, it's only
spring and there is plenty of the year left for Armstrong to become
even more well-known and build far firmer foundations for the
rest of his career.
it would seem, is at his feet. And so too his new solo project,
As If To Nothing, which holds fifteen inventive new compositions
that are as diverse as anything you'll find on a CD right now.
Collaborating with Armstrong on this ambitious project is the
impressive line-up of Bono, Evan Dando and Mogwai, helping to
give this non-soundtrack a very real cinematic feel.
parts of As If To Nothing come when Armstrong emerges as
a confident creator of pop music, and nowhere is this more in
evidence than in the opening "Ruthless Gravity" and later in "Inhaler,"
with both tracks capturing the better moods of Depeche Mode.
But be under
no impression that this is a dance album, because there are also
Indian influences on "Miracle" and "Amber," while ethereal sounds
emanate from "Hymn 2."
This is a
diverse release for those who really appreciate people who make
music mean something. The main pop-culture interest comes when
Bono sings to Armstrong's version of the old U2 song "Stay (Faraway,
who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and used to work
with Texas, has crafted a fine collection of tracks here, all
coming complete with their own depth, animation and feeling.
15-Apr-2002 12:55 PM
liked As If To Nothing...
1. Ruthless Gravity
2. Wake up in New York (featuring Evan Dando)
3. Miracle (featuring Mogwai)
5. Finding Beauty
8. Hymn 2 (featuring Photek)
10. Starless 11
11. Stay (featuring BONO)
13. Sea Song
14. Let it Be
15. Choral Ending