- Vinyl (28 Mar. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B004M5BJXG
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Diamond Mine [VINYL]
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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.
Imagine Talk Talk's 'Spirit of Eden' crossed with Paul Giovanni's Whicker Man soundtrack. Yes, it's that good.
The aural equivalent of the shipping forecast, this contains seven tracks of such slowing-burning grace and power, I know I'll keep returning to it for a long time to come.
Take some "you time", turn the phone off and enjoy this masterpiece
A record of sheer brilliance - touching songs with beautiful lyrics.
I must have listened (consciously or otherwise) to this a hundred times and it never dates or tires. Very few albums that I have owned in my life have no dud tracks but this is one. Bats in the Attic is just one of many standouts ("Now you're lifting up the rooftiles/to get around those conservation rules"). The animated videos available through well known online video services are also well worth a look.
I have found many albums to love over the years, but none that gives me such repeated and undiluted pleasure as this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was my dad who lent me his copy of this CD. To begin with, I wasn't sure, but upon listening to it, it grew on me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lorux
Stunning. Really engaging; gently amusing at times, but poignant and plaintive with it. Beautifully played, sung and recorded.Published 5 months ago by J. A. Cullum
A lovely mix of ambient and folk, leavened with deeply moving lyrics. It's only when the song end that I realise how deeply immersed I've got into each song. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Themanwhy
This is a 20011 CD which has only seven songs on it. Those hoping for King Creosotes "From Scotland with Love" style will be dissapointed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert