‘Some Cities’ departs from the cosy intimate sound that Doves mastered in their earlier work. This new, grander, album has a sweeping air of a soundtrack. It is full of broad dramatic sweeps and extended downtempo passages that inspire majestic scenery in the minds eye while also sounding like the creation of a mind experiencing desolate loneliness. This conflict between the mundane and magical is the backbone of the Doves new sound. The jangle of guitars and metronomic drumming provide a beat to nod to but the dancing vibe, thanks to the generally ghostly ambiance, is missing from nearly all the tracks (notably ‘Walk On Fire’).
I would be lying if I gave the impression that the album is without a spark of joy and moments of redemption, but you have to look for them. This is a mature and reflective collection of songs that is a satisfyingly emotive listen.
Label : Heavenly
Release Date : 21 February 2005
Website : www.doves.net