From Scotland With Love

King Creosote - From Scotland With Love
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2014 Ratings: #84 / 1019
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
July 21, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Skinny

The strength of KC’s lyrical, narrative-led songwriting is such that, even shorn of their redolent visual accompaniments, the tales told in the likes of Cargill or Miserable Strangers are deeply felt.

80
AllMusic

It's this type of depth and detail that brings the images to life, and working within the loose borders of a historical theme has allowed Anderson to produce the most focused and detailed record of his career. 

80
The Line of Best Fit

An album that feeds the imagination and makes you long for mountains, open space, and something a little more natural.

80
Drowned in Sound

From Scotland with Love stands testimony to the increasing genius of Anderson and his craft.

80
Time Out London

Even without the sports and the cinema this record’s still a beautiful thing, flitting between affecting, inspiring, amusing and enchanting.

80
DIY

From Scotland With Love’ is awash with Alba pride, from glorious patriotic soundscapes to Kenny Anderson’s distinct croon. But what’s most striking here is the album’s variety.

60
NME

Creosote’s first album since doesn’t have quite the same woozy charm, trading the lush and eerie textures for gentler, more traditional ditties, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still pleasures to be plundered.

SJCTurntable
87

This lyrical portrait of Scotland’s past and present has universal themes which those beyond Anderson’s defined borders being analysed here will relate to. The orchestration surrounding his alternative folk pieces make this his most memorable and most beautiful work to date. The short closing orchestral piece of ‘A Prairie Tale’ alone sufficient for repeated listenings. This is far from a one-dimensional album, with changes of tempo and eclectic uses of hot just ... read more

62

I'm so close to really liking this, and I do enjoy the laid-back rustic vibe at play here, but I can't quite get behind the vocals. The melodies are definitely strong, but there's a break in Kenny Anderson's voice that turns his tone a bit froggy. It's a bit too jarring for me to fully absorb myself into the music, and his voice didn't grow on me much during repeated listens. Still worth a listen, since it's probably a personal preference thing.

tha138
68

Anorther set of provencial, folk melodies that long for our participation to their celebration.
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Track List

  1. Something To Believe In
  2. Cargill
  3. Largs (long)
  4. Miserable Strangers
  5. Leaf Piece (long)
  6. For One Night Only
  7. Bluebell, Cockleshell, 123
  8. One Floor Down
  9. Crystal 8s
  10. Pauper's Dough
  11. A Prairie Tale

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Added on: July 2, 2014