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Diamond Mine

King CreosoteAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B004USRLL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First Watch
2. John Taylor'S Month Away
3. Bats In the Attic
4. Running On Fumes
5. Bubble
6. Your Own Spell
7. Your Young Voice

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"What emerges is a trippy travelogue, a soundscape that reinvigorates Anderson's songs....A cohesive single work of true beauty. 4 stars out of 5" --Record Collector Magazine

Product Description

Diamond Mine features lyrics and vocals from King Creosote (Fence Collective member and Scottish music wellspring) with music by Jon Hopkins (composer, studio wizard and Eno collaborator). It's a true labor of love, recorded over several years, whenever Jon and KC could get together. The result is a suite of emotion ranging from cracked despair to patched-up euphoria. Described by King Creosote as a "soundtrack to a romanticized version of a life lived in a Scottish coastal village, the record weaves in slices of life, bike wheels, spring tides, tea cups and cafe chatter."

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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4.5 stars

You may sense some frustration and impatience creeping in here but is it not time that all glad receivers of great music at last pay their dues and respect to "King Creosote' AKA Kenny Anderson? Having loved last years very polished "Side Show" by The Burns Unit consisting of nearly all the great luminaries of the East Nuek musical community in Scotland that is the Fence Collective, and Anderson's previous solo outing 2007's delightful pop epic "Bombshell" (check out "Nooks" and "Home in a sentence") it is becoming wearisome to keep stressing his talent. Yet he deserves to fill academies around the country and the Atlantic and also be lauded as a very special songwriter. This new album "Diamond Mine" has been seven years in gestation and sees our Scottish favourite teaming up with top keyboardist Jon Hopkin who has played with Brian Eno and that little know beat combo led by C. Martin and known as Coldplay. The album is described by Anderson as a "soundtrack to a romanticised version of a life lived in a Scottish coastal village", and what is fascinating is that the sounds and noise of this backdrop are threaded into the music. Thus the record opens with the lovely piano instrumental "First Watch" recorded over the backdrop of the voices of local people gently clanking of cups and plates in a church tea in a Fife village. It works perfectly as a sort of Scottish Thomas Newman style soundtrack and segues into the equally wonderful acoustic strumming of "John Taylors Month Away" where we encounter the plaintive vocal style of Anderson.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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When I listened to NPR's half-year review of music of 2011 back in July, I heard two of the hosts say that this album was their favorite of the year so far. And as for me, it's my favorite album of the year for all of 2011.

This album is meant to be paired with a serious stereo system or top of the line headphones/earbuds. The first track opens inside a restaurant, and the music brings you right there. You can taste the soup. And then the piano opens up beautifully, paired with the sounds of the restaurant.

From there, the album goes from one incredible track to the next. King Creosote lays down a stunning vocal on each and every track. And Jon Hopkins pulls it all together with amazing song writing and editing. This album is an incredible achievement in their musical partnership that I hope continues on.

The third track "Bats in the Attic" is far and away my favorite track of the year.

As 2011 winds down, I expect to see this little album on many mainstream best of lists. Give yourself a treat and buy this one. It's a great album for a winter night by the fireplace.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've not been able to stop listening to this... December 13, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
... over and over again and again. It is the album of 2011 for me. I don't even like King Creosote or Jon Hopkins albums on their own but as a collaboration its just amazing. Regardless of listening on this on headphones, in the car, or quietly at work the combination of the Irish accent vocals and at times ambient found sound workings of Hopkins is memorizing. from the opening of the Cafe and quiet piano to the end its a masterpiece. The album instantly turns any time into a calm Sunday morning. As I said the album of the year for 2011!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just gorgeous December 14, 2011
By L. Snow
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Here's an album you can listen to straight thru, again and again. Beautiful melodies sung in a sweet lilt supported by a well balanced mix of acoustic playing and electronic textures. The reviewers are right, it really is like an aural travelogue, but the concept isn't intrusive and doesn't grow old. Play this at a party and everyone will ask about it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING December 30, 2011
By Coach
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This is an amazing work of art. I have listened to this over and over and it just gets better. Beautiful,calm,friendly and catchy. Whatmore can you ask.STRONGLY RECOMMEND.
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