King Creosote – crazy name, crazy guy – is in actual fact one Kenny Anderson, who since 1998 has put out 28 albums under the KC banner (this is his 29th).
With that in mind, you’d presume that From Scotland With Love would be an idiosyncratic collection aimed squarely at the singer’s hardcore following. You’d be wrong.
Despite being a soundtrack to a film many listeners will never see – a poetic documentary of the same name, to be released for the Commonwealth Games this summer – the album is uplifting, warm, full of life and, crucially, enormously accessible.
Miserable Strangers couples a tale of a relationship on the rails (I’m done with being brave … is this the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?”) with heart-swelling music akin to Elbow at their best, and the inspirational Pauper’s Dough is an anthem in the lyrical rather than musical sense (“You’ve got to rise above the gutter you are inside”).
It’s a remarkable record and one that deserves to bring Anderson to a wider audience than he has hitherto enjoyed.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh