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Pretty interesting

I was bored and just looking around all the different sections of iTunes trying to find some good music to listen too. Now I have never heard of Jon Hopkins but I can honestly say that this is just what I was looking for. It's been a while since I've listened to an album that was meant to be listened too straight through (think dark side of the moon, not music wise but how the album tells the story). I love the storytellling on in these songs too, so needless to say I think if you just want some good new music you should get this, or if youre a fan of this guy you probably already have it.

Diamond Mine: Seven Years of Work Not Gone to Waste

I had not heard about this collaboration until about a week ago. Jon Hopkins has been one of my favorite artists for a little while now, but I had not listened to King Creosote before. Needless to say, I was thoroughly impressed with him, and I am still overwhelmingly impressed with this collaboration. Creosote's lyrics and guitar go wonderfully with Hopkin's piano and synths, creating a true musical experience it is difficult to come across in most mainstream music. The album opens with the sounds of life as it is in what appears to be a coffee shop with business being conducted an people chatting and soon morphs into a gentle instrumental piece, which leads straight into "John Taylor's Month Away," in which King Creosote greets us with a story. From there to the end, the album flows beautifully together, definitely designed to be listen to as a whole. There's not much more I can say than that you must get your hands on this album, as it is definitely worth the time and money (which isn't much, anyway), and shows what seven years of freely collaborating on a work of art with no deadline can truly produce (yes, this album was written over a span of about seven years). I hope everyone who listens enjoys!

Perfect for what it is

Though I wasn't familiar with King Creosote prior to this album, I was a fan of Jon Hopkins' "Insides" as well as his work on Brian Eno's "Small Craft on a Milk Sea." The addition of Lisa Lindley-Jones of Dark Horses doing backing vocals (known for her appearances on UNKLE's "The Runaway" and "On A Wire") is what sealed my interest. I wasn't sure what to expect entirely, but after more than enough listens, I'm confident that King Creosote and Jon Hopkins accomplished exactly what they set out to do, if not more, with superb execution. The flow of the songs creates a satisfyingly singular experience that only emphasizes how great some of the individual tracks are. The highlights for me are probably "Bats in the Attic" and "Bubble", the latter being particularly affecting. When Lisa's amazing harmony comes in, you may be fighting tears.

I consider this the most beautiful album I've heard so far this year. Highly recommended.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Scottish singer/songwriter Kenny Anderson is King Creosote, who has also been a part-time member of Magnetophone and U.N.P.O.C., and has performed with Adem. He had previously been the vocalist for Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra and Khartoum Heroes. Anderson has released two dozen CD-Rs on his own label, Fence, a collective assembled along with brothers Een (aka Pip Dylan) and Gordon (aka Lone Pigeon). In 2003 Domino pressed the first proper album Kenny and Beth's Musakal Boatrides, followed in 2005 by...
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