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From Scotland With Love

King Creosote - From Scotland With Love
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2014 Ratings: #78 / 1038
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
Liked by 2 people
July 21, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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Drowned in Sound

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

Time Out London

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

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.

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.


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.


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. 


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.


'From Scotland With Love' has some of the best instrumentation I've heard in any folk record from the 2010s. My main issue with this album is King Creosote's vocals. ON VERY FEW OCCASIONS, but enough for me to notice it, Kenny Anderson's voice sounded like Kermit.


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


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.

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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