I came to know the music of King Creosote through his 'Bombshell' release. That album instantly grabbed my attention.. more than anything it was that voice the grabbed me in the beginning. The songs were very well written and had some great hooks too. But these weren't hooks just thrown in here and there, It seemed there was some real genius at work. Everything fit together so well, and some of the songs were downright beautiful. I had found something important.. I knew that. Next I got my hands on a copy of his 'KC Rules OK' album. This comes before 'Bombshell', and I wasn't sure what to expect. I usually like to get to know an artist's work in the same order as it was written. I like to take the ride with the artist, and usually this is a more rewarding experience for me. I didn't have this option in this case. King Creosote releases are still imports for people here in the states, and I took what I could get... in whatever order I could get them. 'KC Rules OK' took a little more time for me to fully appreciate, but wow.. what an album. It's really grown on me, and the songs just seem perfect now. I find myself listening to it more than 'Bombshell'.
Now we get to 'Flick the V's'... I was honestly thrown by it at first. I think it was the first track that threw me. It wasn't what I was expecting, and I found myself wanting to go back to the albums that I knew and loved so much. Slowly, it opened up to me though.. Or maybe I opened up to the album? There are many different kinds of songs on 'Flick the V's, and I think, at first, this might be a little difficult for listeners. Overall, I think it might be a more difficult King Creosote album, but let it sink in and you'll be glad you spent the time with it. It's everything I love about his work... beautiful, original, playful, smart, powerful... I could go on and on. This is a great album. I appreciate it all the more because I had to spend some time with it and get to know it. So lately I've been listening to 'Flick the V's' more than any of this other albums. I hope other people give it time and enjoy it too.
...and get the limited edition if you can. The bonus songs are really good too. King Creosote covering 5 songs by other Fence Collective artists.