Boomkat Product Review:
This latest from King Creosote (aka Kenny Anderson), the Fence Collective's very own head of state, finds the songwriter working with various different configurations of producers from a team that includes Steve Mason of the Beta Band, Paul Savage and Jon Hopkins. Songs like 'Coast On By' and introductory piece 'No One Had It Better' are far removed from anything you might care to think of as folk - a term that's previously hovered around this man's output. Touches of electronics (even the odd vocoder) conspire to elevate Creosote's guitar pop into a glossy, highly accomplished strata that in truth is probably closer to the ionospheric bluster of U2 than the rootsy folk of fellow Fencer James Yorkston - just check out the tom rolls and slippery echoes of guitar on that opener. The album plays out beautifully, combining delicate acoustic outings like 'Curtain Craft' with the tuneful sub-bass heaviness of 'Fell An Ox', lending a very modern, interdisciplinary feel to Anderson's songcraft.