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  • Vinyl (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B004M5BJXG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • 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)
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By Big Jim TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2011
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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By Jago Wells VINE VOICE on 2 April 2011
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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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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This is not an Lp to listen to whilst driving down the motorway. It's a majestic, shimmering work of beauty that is best enjoyed with a glass of wine (or rum) and the lights low.

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.
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I purchased this album on the back of the Mercury nomination. The reviews on here really are bang on, this is a lovely calming reflective album. It is so well produced and you can tell it has taken a long time to get this album exactly right. The review stating that you should enjoy with a glass of wine is very true.

Take some "you time", turn the phone off and enjoy this masterpiece
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Have played this continuously since it arrived in the post and it just keeps getting better. You seem to hear more and more each time and the tunes just resonate and seem to last until you find yourself singing and humming them walking down the street.

A record of sheer brilliance - touching songs with beautiful lyrics.
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Few albums have had such a profound and enduring impact on me. It's been 5 years now since I first listened, transfixed, to the haunting voice and lyrics and the understated and beautiful backing music. Whenever I am anxious, or cannot sleep, I come back to this treasure and from the opening gentle piano chords, set against the backdrop of a gently bustling Fife café, it feels like I am being enveloped in a warm electro-folky hug.

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.
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