Craig Armstrong

The Space Between Us

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Craig Armstrong's long history of string arrangements and composing (for U2, Massive Attack, the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack) helps him out on his solo debut album. The Space Between Us is impeccably produced, from the redos of Massive Attack's "Weather Storm" and the music from the balcony scene of Romeo + Juliet to the new ballad "This Love," with vocals by Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser. If there is a problem with the album, it's that some other tracks have that vague feel of a soundtrack or original score that sounds pleasant enough but doesn't make for diverting listening. Still, there are enough compelling moments to make the album worthwhile.

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