Doves – Some Cities (Archive Review)

‘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’).

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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

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  • Some Cities
  • Black And White Town
  • Almost Forgot Myself
  • Snowden
  • The Storm
  • Walk In Fire
  • One Of These Days
  • Someday Soon
  • Shadows Of Salford
  • Sky Starts Falling
  • Ambition

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