Film Works: 1995-2005

Craig Armstrong

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Film Works: 1995-2005 Review

by Andy Kellman

Selected and sequenced to optimum (if potentially tiring) effect, Film Works: 1995-2005 anthologizes a decade of scores composed by Craig Armstrong, who jumped from Massive Attack associate to major film composer in a very short amount of time (though he did do less visible time in Hipsway, Texas, and Big Dish). The disc showcases Armstrong's primary strength -- his string arrangements -- but over the course of an hour, all the grand rising and measured receding can become draining and, as with a lot of film music, the pieces often fall into the background without encouraging deep listening. So it's no surprise that the pieces with more elaborate arrangements, involving drum loops and prominent use of Armstrong's piano, as well as vocalists like Liz Fraser and David Bowie, tend to leave the greatest impressions. Some Baz Luhrmann freaks may be perturbed that moments from Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet have been taken out of their original contexts, but the sequencing here is quite effective. Over a dozen scores are represented, from films as small as Plunkett and Macleane to as big as Ray.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Craig Armstrong feat: Pete Postlethwaite 01:28 SpotifyAmazon
2 Craig Armstrong 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
3 Craig Armstrong 05:03 SpotifyAmazon
4 Craig Armstrong feat: Nicole Kidman 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
5 Craig Armstrong 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
6 Craig Armstrong 05:26 SpotifyAmazon
7 Craig Armstrong 02:07 SpotifyAmazon
8 Craig Armstrong 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
9 Craig Armstrong 01:33 SpotifyAmazon
10 Craig Armstrong 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
11 Craig Armstrong feat: Elizabeth Fraser 04:47 SpotifyAmazon
12 Craig Armstrong 04:45 SpotifyAmazon
13 Craig Armstrong feat: Clio Gould 01:21 SpotifyAmazon
14 Craig Armstrong 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
15 Craig Armstrong 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
16 Craig Armstrong feat: David Bowie / Ewan McGregor 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
17 Craig Armstrong 02:11 SpotifyAmazon
18 Craig Armstrong 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
19 Craig Armstrong 02:02 SpotifyAmazon
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