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The Space Between Us

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[F]rom his lush string arrangements and piano contributions on Massive Attack's sophomore LP ... [Armstrong] stands up straight on his own merits. His music reverberates with stark beauty and soulful shards of emotion. This is orchestral music woven into an urban landscape. -- URB


1. Weather Storm
2. This Love
3. Sly ll
4. After The Storm
5. Laura's Theme
6. My Father
7. Balcony Scene (Romeo & Juliet)
8. Rise
9. Glasgow
10. Let's Go Out Tonight
11. Childhood
12. Hymn

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Melankolic
  • ASIN: B0000065JU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By earthpet@hotmail.com on October 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I was drawn to this album after hearing Armstrong's work on Protection, as well as the inclusion of This Love on the oh-so-modern soundtrack to the hedonistic angst movie Cruel Intentions. Since I bought it, the album has become a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, since lately the idea of pop-classical music has become tightly associated with second-rate new age crap. However, I like to think that I know crap when I hear it, and this it ain't. A recent reviewer disliked this album because he found that Armstrong lacks the technical musical integrity of real classical composers, citing Chopin and Satie. Well what the hell do you expect? First of all, how can you expect the emphasis to be on that aspect of the music when you're listening to someone associated with Massive Attack? Remember the original version of Weather Storm? Secondly, just because it doesn't have those qualities doesn't make it suck. The point of the music here is the ambience. Every track here is like a melodramatically angst-ridden soundtrack to the kind of lazy, unbathed Sunday afternoon that doesn't happen in real life. It isn't sorrowful in the same straightforward sense as Portishead, but in its own way it's even more brooding. To paraphrase Marge Simpson, this album just screams subtlety.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on January 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I almost hate myself for giving this review such a cliched title, but the truth is that Armstrong's first solo album is one of those "night" albums, to be played with dim lights, perhaps, watching the rainfall out the window.
There are certain artists whose work touch you in ways that are difficult to relate, and Craig Armstrong falls in that category, alongside artists such as David Sylvian (check out his 'Secrets of the Beehive') and the extinct band The Blue Nile (don't miss their 'Hats for anything in the world), whose lead vocalist Paul Buchanan sings the most beautiful rendition of their classic "Let's Go Out Tonight" in this album.
Other sublime tracks to be found in the album, are the exquisite "Glasgow", the opening and closing tracks, "My Father" and Romeo and Juliet's "Balcony Scene", a song that will go down in history as a classic. The truth is, you will rejoice in this musical experience if you have a soul. Along with his follow-up 2002 album 'As If Nothing', 'Space Between Us' not only showcases the work of Craig Armstrong: it introduces us to one of this century's greatest scoring talents.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on March 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like a lot of people, I was first introduced to Craig Armstrong with his collaboration with Massive Attack on "Weather Storm". I was absolutely taken by that particular song and his ability to seduce the listener with the use of stringed instruments. The first time I heard "This Love" was the Sarah Brightman version on her album "Eden". I didn't realize that Craig Armstrong was responsible for that song when I heard his version with Elizabeth Fraser on "The Classic Chillout Album" compilation released last year. Another breathtaking song. I love both Sarah and Craig's versions of the song. Craig Armstrong is an amazing composer and has recently became one of my favorite modern composers, alongside Ennio Morricone and Michael Nyman. "Sly II" is another great song. The momentum in the song really builds up. I could almost hear that particular song used in a film with the intense build up in the music. "After the Storm" is almost something that Philip Glass would have composed with its minimalist beats and almost lack of melodies and chaotic rhythm. I swear I have heard "Laura's Theme" somewhere but I just don't know where. It is a gorgeous song. The dark haunting melodies would definitely be a perfect song to add to any soundtrack. I get the chills just listening to this song. What I really like about Craig Armstrong so much is that none of his music comes off loud and bombastic like John Williams and Hans Zimmer's music does (as much as I enjoy Hans Zimmer's music). The emotions in the songs easily translates on to the big screen. I am eager to hear Craig's new music for the "Quiet American" film. He definitely has made me a big fan of his music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on August 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Craig Armstrong's music has the tendency to set your mind drift and to think vast cinematic thoughts. which is probably why he does so many film scores. this album contains some renditions of his movie music along with some other pieces. the mood here is somber and reflective with quiet tones and some downtempo electronics added for effect. the vocal contributers are excellent (esp. Elizabeth Fraser's vocals on "This Love"...which is the main reason why i bought this cd). one of the things i like about his music is that it comes close to being overtly emotional...but retains the distance so that the listener can sort of fill in the blanks. does that make sense?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bubbles on December 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Unlike many people, I did not even know that Craig Armstrong was a collaborater on Massive Attack's Protection album (a group that I adore by the way). I instead heard of Craig Armstrong first on the Cruel Intentions soundtrack with the song "This Love". I had always liked the song "This Love" and I finally decided to go and get this album and see what Craig Armstrong was all about. Instead, I got something much more than I ever expected or dreamed of, an album of "classical" music in a new era and generation. I know some of the symphonic musicians and listeners of old don't see this as classical music but for the generation now growing up in the new millenium, this album marks a path for new classical music. The album opens with "Weather Storm" with light piano strumming and beautiful violins that just build as the song continues. "This Love", still one of my very favorite songs by him, starts out like you are flying (a feeling love can actually make you do!) and the vocals of Liz Fraser make this track a gem and I can honestly say there is NOTHING like this track out anywhere. "Sly" is a much more orchestral song but at the same time, it's twisted too with slow orchestral movement to the singing violins throughout the track as well. "After the Storm" seems to end off the first section of the CD, all tracks sort of heaven like, and it proves to be a good track. "Laura's Theme", my favorite composition by Armstrong, is a song with tons of emotion from the dark violins and the melancholy nature of the track..this track still brings tears to my eyes every single time I hear it because it's that emotive and beautiful (worth the price of the CD alone).Read more ›
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