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Doves, Some Cities - I really, really wanted to love...”

Written on: 13/04/2005 by PixieOfDoom (104 reviews written)

Doves, Some Cities - I really, really wanted to love the new Doves album and for it to be as enveloping and lush as Lost Souls and as inspiring as The Last Broadcast but having had it for about a month now, I've only played it about 3 times, and it hasn't moved me enough to want to ever hear it again. I thought seeing the songs live would help - it didn't.

Yes, the new record has all the recognisable elements of a Doves record, slow, shoegazer-inspired, heartfelt ballads and rousing, footstomping anthems, but with the exception of single "Black and White Town" and album track "Walk in Fire" it all just blends into a mass of non-descript background noise in the CD player. I realise this CD has been described as a sort of concept album about cities, but I haven't been inspired enough by the music to take any notice. And that does not make for a good album.

Hopefully, this is just a blip and their next CD will see a return to form.

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