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Simply a beautiful album
on 22 December 2014
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.