As If To Nothing


Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 90
    Armstrong's arrangements have the emotional resonance to move your mind to more serene locales. [May 2002, p.78]
  2. In essence, the modern symphony reimagined as a mix tape. [19 Apr 2002, p.72]
  3. The chill out crowd, and anyone else unbothered by such walk-ons, will happily drift off to the rich, inevitably orchestral backdrop, thinking it ever so classy. Which, of course, it is.
  4. Held together nicely by Armstrong's expertly scored strings and a generally tranquil tone common to most of his work. [Jun 2002, p.71]
  5. Where the album truly shines though is in the way Armstrong gets the most of his vocalists.
  6. 70
    Armstrong takes the Massive [Attack] approach to celebrity guests, utilising them in imaginative ways to avoid the pitfalls of self-parody. [May 2002, p.97]
  7. 70
    As If To Nothing occasionally lapses into moments that more closely resemble a compilation tape than a cohesive body of music. [#54, p.76]
  8. The album is a bit hit-or-miss, fortunately more of the former than the latter.
  9. Armstrong layers on his string arrangements with alarming regularity, to the extent that each collaborator, other than Bono, has their contributions infringed upon or washed out.
  10. Though some might say that Armstrong's music is powerfully evocative and serene, such people hate music and all its subtle possibilities and intricacies.
User Score

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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JosephL.
    Sep 21, 2002
    Album's so fantastic i dont know how to describe it, such a wonderful listening experience.