See, this is why I hesitate to do Top 10 Lists, because I know I’ve missed something that I would put on there, and I did. But I guess that’s the nature of the game. So here it is.
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins’ Diamond Mine is an exceptional slice of life portrait of a Scottish town told through beautiful lyrics, field recordings, and gorgeous instrumentation. It holds such an amazing, subtle mood throughout the album. Hope. Heartache. Joy. Love. In just 7 songs and 32 minutes, it builds a world that we live in through sound. This album is easily in my top 5 of 2011, maybe even top 3. It’s astoundingly good.