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4.9 out of 5 stars
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on 24 May 2012
This is an amazing album.

I bought this because I really liked the single "bubble", which was the first King Creosote / Jon Hopkins track that I had heard. From the moment the intro started (3 minutes of random background noise from a seaside cafe) I knew I was in for something different, and the album has exceeded my expectations.

This is not a typical collection of discrete songs. All of the songs are generally associated with theme of people in a coastal village, and are interspersed with background noises (bikes, seaguls, chatter, etc). The tracks gently fade into one another, like drifting between scenes in a dream, coming into focus for a while, then drifting away again. The music is folky, overlaid with unusual noises, sounds and effects - it's and very laid back, almost tranquil, and is totally absorbing. It's easy to get completely immersed in it. The vocals are great, the songs are poignant and intelligent. The production is excellent - highly polished and very interesting.

The jubilee edition includes the original album, plus all the associated singles, so it seems like a bargain to me.

All in all, I think it's a masterpiece. Highly recomended

(Now, I'm thinking about King Creosotes other 39 albums...)
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on 2 August 2014
Having the original CD already, I was hesitant to buy it again, knowing full well that 'special editions' (released shortly after the original) are just another way for the industry to squeeze more dough from us. But the original release is so inspired, that I gave it a try. Happily, it's worth the extra layout again for the extra songs. Not all are excellent, but some are (esp. 'honest words'; 'aurora boring alias', 'missionary' and 'starboard home'). One wonders why they were left off the first release, but delighted to find them on this one. Great production (the Hopkins touch), and the songs are just superb. The packaging is enhanced from than the digipak, with extra pages in the insert/booklet for the extra lyrics, and it's all in a jewel case with a cardboard sleeve -- which will be, overall, more durable in the long run. Get it, you won't be disappointed.
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on 11 October 2014
Buy this (the 'Jubilee Edition'). Of course, the first seven tracks which make up the original 'Diamond Mine' album sit well together - but there's nothing to stop a listener from programming them to play as a discrete set. However, the additional tracks are well worth having and, in my humble opinion, in their own way, hang together comfortably with the original album. Came to this via the wonderful 'From Scotland With Love' documentary soundtrack.
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on 28 January 2014
This vinyl is a natural and essential companion to the "Diamond mine" LP. It has the 5 songs that were originally released as B sides on the singles plus a different version of "Bats in the attic".
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on 2 September 2014
So good; beautiful, fragile and tough; I listen to it as much as possible and lose myself amongst the fishermen and women scratching a living in such hard conditions.
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on 21 March 2013
Without a doubt it's a must have CD. Beautiful and calm rythms. For me the best of both artists so far.
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on 22 March 2016
Love it
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on 6 September 2014
A great ambient feel to this album and super tunes as one always gets from KC.
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on 16 August 2014
Product, price and service all first rate.
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on 28 March 2015
A brilliant album for anyone who likes melodic folk rock
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