Diamond Mine
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Diamond Mine

March 31, 2014

  Song Title
First Watch
John Taylor's Month Away
Bats In The Attic
Running On Fumes
Your Own Spell
Your Young Voice

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  • Original Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Label: Double Six Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Domino Recording Co
  • Total Length: 32:08
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,333 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 19 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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4 of 4 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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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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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 Jon Hopkins as you've never heard him before September 14, 2013
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This sparkling and well-polished gem is barely 30 minutes in listening time, but is the most well-crafted CD you're ever likely to find. King Crosote's voice is truly amazing, and Jon Hopkin's creative use of all kinds of sounds pulls it all into a perfectly crafted listening experience that it is hard to imagine anyone not liking. It truly speaks to Jon's versatility as an artist that he can work as effectively with King Creosote as he can with Coldplay, Brian Eno or simply on his own, just by himself. If you think you know what Jon Hopkins is capable of producing musically, this CD is bound to add an unanticipated new dimension to your appreciation of his work. King Creosote is as good as he gets here, and Jon shows sides of himself you'd never imagined he even had. Do yourself a favor and get this CD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story teller January 31, 2013
By janie
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Wonderful lyrics carried by haunting melodies and voice that invites you into the story. Every time I play the c d, I hear something new and like it more and more. One of my absolute favorites.
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