Album Review of Thrawn by King Creosote.

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Thrawn by King Creosote

Release Date: Feb 22, 2011
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop

70 Music Critic Score
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Thrawn - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Scottish singer/songwriter Kenny Anderson has been quietly building an impressive arsenal of material since his 1994 debut under the King Creosote moniker. His quick wit and gentle demeanor are steeped in regional whimsy, and his skewed but sweet pop songs can come just as easily wrapped in the sepia brown leaves of traditional folk as they can the Glaswegian indie pop of bands like Frightened Rabbit and Belle & Sebastian. The 12 songs on Thrawn have been culled from six studio albums released between 2003 and 2009 (Anderson has released more than two dozen albums independently) and serve as an excellent introduction to his work.

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Pitchfork - 69
Based on rating 6.9/10

King Creosote is the pen and stage name of Kenny Anderson, a Scottish singer-songwriter who, since 1995, has recorded and self-released over 40 full-lengths on his own remote-but-remarkable Fence imprint. At the very least, that's an average of just under three per year, a number that, if other solo recording maniacs (Bob Pollard being a good example) are to serve as helpful guideposts, might lead one to assume that Anderson isn't much for self-editing. But having helped co-release a small handful of Anderson's records over the past eight years, Domino has volunteered to cull the Fife-native's catalogue for Thrawn, a collection of King Creosote favorites that also serves as a compelling introduction for American listeners.

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Delusions of Adequacy
Their review was positive

Prolific underground artists rarely sound as polished and arranged as King Creosote, the home recording project of Scottish songwriter Kenny Anderson which has reportedly released over 40 albums in 15 years. He’s been doing it himself, releasing music on his own Fence label since the mid-90’s, at first in small run CD-Rs from his own then-cutting edge external CD burner unit, later in larger runs, and now under the Domino label, both across the pond and now in the USA. For his first stateside release, Domino presents Thrawn, a compilation of his past work from six different albums dating back to 2003.

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