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Kingdom Of Rust - Doves

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Britpop / Artist: Doves / Audio CD released 2009-04-06 at EMII

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      30.07.2009 12:01
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      Good album, return to form!

      DOVES - KINGDOM OF RUST Short history of Doves (not The Doves) is that they used to be a 90s dance band of acid house ilk and had relative success that hit a high point with the catchy single 'Aint No Love' (Aint no use). Perhaps somewhere on the come down they regrouped and reinvented themselves as an indie band and released 'Lost Souls' to great critical acclaim back in 1999. 'Last Broadcast' was more created with more commercial influences and consequently moved their cult status to more mainstream, especially with the first two singles 'There goes the fear' and 'Pounding' becoming instant indie anthems. Third album 'Some Cities' returned Doves to a more downbeat atmospheric record that spawned another Doves classic 'Black and white town' but the long player hit a more selective audience. Forth album 'Kingdom of Rust' was released recently and here is my brief track by track review: - 'Jet Stream' - Album opener seems on first listen to be more Sub Sub, than doves with samples creating the main groove. A grower that takes some getting used to especially as the lead vocals are by guitarist Jez Williams. 8/10 'Kingdom of Rust' - Instant doves classic and lead single with distinctive guitars and groove that has made doves so well liked in the world of indie music. Clocking in over 5 minutes, the reason the song is so good is that you don't feel that it lasts as long as that. 10/10 'The Outsiders' - Thumping bass and loud electric guitars show the statement of intent by the band. The album took some 4 years from the previous and this is a much more positive sounding song and record as a whole 8/10 'Winter Hill' - Follow up single is, for me, a bizarre choice given the quality late on in the album but nevertheless, a typical doves song with rhythmic guitars and memorable chorus. A song, not too dissimilar in chart-friendly sounding style to 'Snowden' on previous album 'Some Cities' 7/10 '10:03' - Self proclaimed by the band to be their favourite on the album, and the longest track to get finished. A ballad of sorts; with soft sounding guitars, drums, piano and vocals which build up later. Another grower 9/10 'Greatest denier' - Another guitar led song, which now makes opener Jetstream sound unique. Quite bland in comparison to other songs before 6/10 'Birds flew backwards' - Slow to get going, this song is probably one too many downbeat songs, which may have fitted in better on the previous album. 6/10 'Spellbound' - Awesome song that again exceeds the 5 minute barrier but is a superb blend of acoustic and picked electric guitar. The solo towards the end is fitting to one of the standout tracks on the album 10/10 'Compulsion' - Album now appears to get stronger as it approaches the latter part. Compulsion has a brilliant bassline that holds the songs structure and complimented by strummed electric guitar. It sounds like nothing else they have done before but in a great way. 10/10 'House of mirrors' - Back to the guitar driven doves we know and love, and furthermore, for me, it is an obvious single that represents the main vibe on the album. 9/10 'Lifelines' - piano led closer brings the whole album together nicely but in comparison to the awesome three tracks previous it is difficult to see this on that level 7/10 Overall, I think Kingdom of Rust represents Doves music quite well. It is quite commercial and is most like 'Last Broadcast' than any of the other albums which may make it popular with the anthem seeking music fans. It does possess some real quality tracks and some of the best of their career which make the four year wait seem more bearable. I would recommend this album to any fans of the previous records or anyone who has liked the sound of the single of the same name. Overall 9/10 This is an updated review of my own under name of dtait07 on ciao

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        13.07.2009 19:17
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        Quite a nice sound

        There's a lot to digest in this Doves album, to the ear it seems multi-layered and it's technically a lot more complicated than most of your average indie out there. I have to say when Doves first came on the scene, I wasn't overly keen on them and it's been a while since I've given them a listen - they are not a band who have made it particularly big outside of the UK and therefore I don't get many chances to listen to them unless I sought them out. Kingdom of Rust is pretty impressive though, combining clever lyrics, pleasant vocals and all types of music from classical melodies through to rocky riffs. The title-track is a definite winner, as is the first track "Jetstream", I wouldn't say there are any disastrous tracks on this album but some of them may take a bit longer than others to warm to. Doves are probably geared to a more maturer listener, ranging from dark to energetic they embrace cleverly written tunes with a good use of synths and a regular use of strong bass lines. Whilst the vocals don't really impress me on "Winter Hill" the wintery psychedelic tune is extremely enjoyable. It's hard to say where to rate this band when compared to other releases, as I'm not a massive follower of the band, I'd certainly say it's a very different kettle of fish and that the sound has evolved since early releases. It's well worth a listen. 1 Jetstream 2 Kingdom Of Rust 3 The Outsiders 4 Winter Hill 5 10:03 6 The Greatest Denier 7 Birds Flew Backwards 8 Spellbound 9 Compulsion 10 House Of Mirrors 11 Lifelines

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        13.05.2009 13:17
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        Good effort

        I thought that the follow up to Some Cities, the 2005 release by Doves, and to a lesser extent, Lost Souls from 2000, would be difficult for Doves. To be honest, it has taken a good few listens to really get into this album. There are more similarities to Lost Souls than Some Cities, which is a very tiny bit disappointing, as I felt that Doves had moved forward with the release of Some Cities. But in fairness to Kingdom of Rust, it is without doubt it's own creature and is not tied by its umbilical cord to the previous releases. Kingdom of Rust is built for motion and acceleration, leading its songs to unexpected and often exhilarating highs: Slow-percolating opener "Jetstream" counts down to lift-off with a hi-hat-triggered techno bed track that gradually intensifies into a tremorous, tribal clatter. It is impressive stuff to be fair. One of the best tracks is "Winter Hill", a paean to innocent, hand-held romance sent skyward on a pillow of Spiritualized swirls. Definitely worth a listen if you are thinking of buying this album. For me, the album's highlight, "Compulsion", comes when the band abandon their signature sound and instead play around with a light funk rhythm that calls to mind Duran Duran. It is different from Lost Souls, Some Cities and the Last Broadcast. Maybe it is an eye-opener to what the future holds for Doves. Overall though it is typically Doves brand of music and instrumentals. No bad thing if you are a fan, but it is just possibly not different enough or as good as The Last Broadcast.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Jetstream
      2 Kingdom Of Rust
      3 The Outsiders
      4 Winter Hill
      5 10:03
      6 The Greatest Denier
      7 Birds Flew Backwards
      8 Spellbound
      9 Compulsion
      10 House Of Mirrors
      11 Lifelines