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Diamond Mine [CD]

King Creosote Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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King Creosote is still living on the marie celeste that is Crail in north east Fife, and has returned to the good ship Domino for the release of his umpteenth long player Flick the Vs. When asked of his three year mainstream sabbatical, KC had this rather fishy tale to tell...

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  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B004M5BJY0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Diamond Mine' is a unique and heartrending collaboration between Scottish Fence Collective boss and singer King Creosote and electronic talent and sound sculptor Jon Hopkins. Described by King Creosote as a "soundtrack to a romanticised version of a life lived in a Scottish coastal village", the record weaves in field recordings of Fife life, bike wheels, spring tides, tea cups and café chatter to produce a beautiful, unique and timeless album.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambient folk 28 Mar 2011
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of those albums where the cover picture kind of gives the game away. Redolent of the small fishing villages on the East Neuk of Fife this album represents the sort of music you might hear a couple of guys playing in the corner, playing for themselves as much as anyone else, but knowing that the beauty in the songs has captured everyone's attention. Hopkins' lush electronic ambience and keyboards backs up Kenny "King Creosote" Anderson's crystal clear vocals - his voice has never sounded better by the way. With no more than some gentle strumming and accordian work on top of that, this is a minimalist, almost sombre album that somehow lights up your day as the ethereal beauty shines through. I am given to understand that there are reasons for it being quite a short album (in today's terms at least) but as they say, you should leave them wanting more which is certainly the case here. So hit the "repeat" button and enjoy again
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shimmering 2 April 2011
By Arthur Dooley VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
What a gorgeous piece of music. I've been a long time devotee of King Creosote and The Fence Collective and was a wee bit disappointed by Kenny (KC's) last album Flick the V's. Alas...haven't heard the Burns Unit offering yet. This album which I downloaded this morning has been on constant play. It made an instant impression on me which is unusual. Kenny's languid vocals perfectly complimenting the instrumentals of Jon Hopkins. It's a dreamy,melodic and totally mellow.As another reviewer suggests,A perfect chill out album to soundtrack a weekend evening.It was great to see the album featured on the frontpage of The Guardian recently. Both musicians deserve far wider recognition but such is the dumbing down of UK culture this century that it's highly unlikely that either will ever achieve this.Ahh well...the wider public's loss is the Fence devotees gain!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great work from Kenny Anderson 7 Oct 2011
By Chris G
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In a year that didn't see the release of a true, all-time classic album in the shape of PJ Harvey's "Let England Shake" this would have been a real contender for album of the year. An unlikely collaboration between electronica composer John Hopkins and Fife's finest; Kenny Anderson, known as King Creosote produces magical, touching and beautiful results that yields more and more of its charms with repeated listening. Lyrically the album explores the lives of fishermen on the unforgiving Fife coast, exploring the relationship between the land and the ocean and the difficulties of a life spent exploiting the sea.

Musically the album achieves a seamless link between Anderson's unashamedly lo fi instrumentation (he is a master accordion player and competent acoustic guitarist) and the atmospheres and soundscapes created by Hopkins. We start with a beautifully realised soundscape combining snippets of conversation with a building electronic atmosphere that segues wonderfully into the gorgeous "John Taylor's Month Away". Put on the headphones and listen to seagulls, waves rolling against a rocky shore all of them taking on musical qualities against Anderson's beautifully recorded strumming.

By some distance the finest quality of this tremendous album however is Anderson's vocal performance. Rarely have I found male vocals as beautiful and affecting as Anderson's and on this album you will find many of his finest recorded moments. On the hearbreakingly lovely "Bats in the Attic" Anderson's vocals set against understated piano chords, some subtle drums and reverb which perfectly holds everything together the vocals soar and intertwine with beautiful harmonies in a way that few could master. An album then of beautiful components, bound together by wonderful songwriting and arrangements that still manages to surpass the sum of its parts. A rare occurrence indeed and one to be treasured. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rather lovely album! 19 April 2012
By MAC
Format:Audio CD
I discovered King creosote through a free compilation cd that i'd received with a magazine recently, I immediately wanted to buy the Diamond Mine cd. But then when I checked Amazon I realised there was a new version out soon, so I waited. Was it worth it? well yes, the original 7 songs are great, but with 6 more it makes it a more complete album, rather than an EP. The new songs are in a similar style and the album flows rather nicely. It is a lovely album with some beautiful songs on, I have played it last thing at night for the past few evenings, it is perfect to help you wind down. I had heard of king Creosote for years, I remember Mark Radcliffe mentioning him many years ago, but for some reason due to the slightly unusual name I thought it was a novelty act! I couldn't have been further from the truth. It is a album of simple, yet very pleasant folk type songs. But even if you don't like the stereotypical folk music give this a ago, it really gets under you skin (in a good way). If you want to try it out, check out Bats in the Attic, give it a couple of listens, if you like it you'll probably love this cd, a real gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy 4 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Does the term "Ambient folk music" exist? That's how I would describe the dreamy collaberation between Kenny Anderson & Jon Hopkins. Have never heard anything like it. The blend of Kenny's soft Scottish voice & Jon's clever augmentations is the stuff of dreams, music to lose yourself in.Bought the CD after hearing one track on BBC6 Music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scottish folk ambient electronica 14 Aug 2011
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First heard of this after downloading the Amazon Domino Sampler,& what a great album it is !! Imagine yourself in some remote Scottish fishing village, having a dram (or two) of a fine single malt, in a world without stress where time stands still, thats how good life is for the 34 minutes this album lasts. A great discovery I'm so glad I didn't miss out on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diamond CD
My first King Creosote cd but will definitely be buying more,love his voice and his lyrical humor,can't wait to see him live
Published 7 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Let it wash over you
There are a few too many people who would give a good review to King Creosote if he burped his way through 90 minutes of Vinyl. Read more
Published 9 months ago by tucholsky
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful album
Not a bad song on this album. One to listen to in the car in the deep dark of night. The songs take you all the way to Roome Bay beach and back.
Published 10 months ago by beedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Easily the best album of 2012.
Haunting, deeply musical and always thought provoking.
My only complaint is that it is too short.
Published 13 months ago by Paul Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!
Without a doubt it's a must have CD. Beautiful and calm rythms. For me the best of both artists so far.
Published 13 months ago by Tanomaky
3.0 out of 5 stars quite enjoyable but a bit boring
quite enjoyable but a bit boring give it a go and i think you will enjoy it but after the first few weeks i bet you wont put it on again
Published 13 months ago by d proffitt
5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond
This is a beautiful cd - the music is relaxing, lyrics are great and the effect is electrifying - very cruisy
Published 14 months ago by denise sepulchre
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't realise...
...this is just the tip of a recent (for me) iceberg of a brilliant artist. If you like this as I did, I strongly suggest looking up the rest of the stuff you can get by this... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Hitch22
4.0 out of 5 stars Better buy Diamond Mine instead
Seems crazy to say it, but the world that lives in the bubble of Diamond Mine is spoilt by bolting on an additional album that is at odds with the perfect length and perfect... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Neppo
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is more
I very rarely review anything on Amazon but this has moved me to do so.
This album is simply beautiful. There are only seven tracks but each one is a gem. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Buster Blister
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