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From Scotland With Love

21 July 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 July 2014
  • Release Date: 21 July 2014
  • Label: Domino Recording Co
  • Copyright: 2014 Domino Recording Co Ltd
  • Total Length: 38:57
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  • ASIN: B00LVIJP2E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,164 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2014
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King Creosote aka Kenny Anderson, is an inspirational man and performer. He has released over forty albums and has a healthy disdain for both the music business and modern downloads and the like.

This album came out during the run up to the referendum on Scottish independence and comes across as both homage to Scotland both in terms of now and with respect to her heritage. Opener `Something to believe in' is just a beautiful love song with his haunting vocals, simple refrain and moving emotion. `Cargill' is a beautifully crafted postcard from the fishing days of Scotland all wrapped up in a love story and is amazing.

`Largs' takes us much more upbeat revisiting holidays from years gone by, with strings and boundless energy. Track 4 `Miserable Strangers' is another simple song that beguiles you and culminates with the simple refrain `At the back of my mind, I was just hoping I might just get by'. It is full of emotional revision and acceptance of your situation; I just can't get enough of it.

`For one night only' harks back to the days of the pay packet and saving for the sunny day that just might be round the corner. Kenny has got loads of friends to help on this including The Delgado's (I can never get enough of them either).

There is not a bad track on here it is an absolute gem which I have been listening to for months and it still puts a smile on my face. `One floor down' reminds me of early `Tindersticks', but it cuts out way too soon, and if that is the only criticism, then it is really a compliment. The penultimate track seems to be a call to fellow Scots to wake up and realise what you already have - that is a beautiful country - to be proud of. One of the best albums of 2014, just excellent.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 July 2014
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For those of a non-Scottish background don't be put off by the title. Yes the music was written for a documentary on Scotland's recent history but much of it is as relevant to the North of England as it is to the Clyde shipyards for example. To get a more in depth review I suggest you read Red on Black's excellent summation but I will disagree with him regarding the track Largs as it is basically a song about my own childhood and the childhood of innumerable other Scottish folk. This is Kenny's genius (I don't use the word lightly) - he describes real life with such perception coupled with such beautiful melodies that you are transported to another time, another place. Superb!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P MARTIN on 23 July 2014
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Over the years King Creosote (aka Kenny Anderson) has been variously described in the national press as a “Scottish miserabilist” (the FT) –a highly unfair and limited summary of the rich range of emotions that King Creosote can evoke in his listeners, and as being in possession of a “pleasant baritone” (The Independent) – a vast understatement that does not do his voice anything like justice – he’s simply one of the best vocalists and (conveniently) lyricists I’ve ever heard. He is able to surround himself with other gifted colleagues and accompanists who support and showcase his talents admirably.
“From Scotland with Love” reflects these talents of musicianship and composition perfectly. It’s a fabulously produced and arranged set of pieces – more strings and more backing vocals than usual in a King Creosote recording perhaps, but that reflects the nature of this piece as the sound track to an otherwise silent film exploring the recent history of Scotland and the Scots http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047lx52 .

It’s difficult to categorise this music, but of course it’s very Scottish and is firmly grounded in the folk tradition. But again that doesn’t do it full justice.

In fact the only way to do this music justice is to buy the CD and listen to it. So I recommend you do You won't regret it..
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2014
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The wonders that have flowed from the East Nuek musical community that is the Fence Collective, particularly King Creosote (Kenny Anderson) have been a quiet triumph. Anderson's album with Jon Hopkins 2011's "Diamond Mine" was one of the best of that year and he has a fine pop sensibility, spry wit and melodic charm to spare.

"From Scotland with Love" sees King Creosote writing a record to accompany a documentary of archive footage released to coincide with Glasgow's Commonwealth Games. But the album has broader ambitions. Indeed it is a kind of mini history of Scotland set to song or more precisely an attempt to capture national identity at a crucial point in the nations development. This is Anderson's most personal album to date and a labour of love. In every sense he has done his theme justice. From the haunting accordion opening of the gorgeous "Something to believe in" to the heart wrenching instrumental closer "Prairie Tale" this album emotionally grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Songs which standout on first listens include the glorious piano ballad "Cargill" a fisherman's love story with the immortal line alluding to "my heartstrings entangled in your net". There are echoes of "Diamond Mine" on the plaintive "Paupers Dough" a socialist plea for justice and a stirring call to fellow Scots "to rise above the gutter you are inside". This may be one for the Independence campaign? It is not all serious stuff with "Largs (Long) motoring on at pace although it is probably the weakest song on the album. Much better is the anthem like "For one night only" which does recall his Scottish compatriots Frightened Rabbit.
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