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The last time most of us saw Doves it was Glastonbury Festival 2003, headlining Sunday night against Moby. This wasn’t really a problem for them though. The year before, they’d been mid afternoon, playing in glorious weather, a crowd of people wide-eyed at the prospect of whole weekend opening up in front of them to the soundtrack of Catch The Sun. On the Sunday night, under the ... Read more in Amazon's Doves Store

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  • Audio CD (6 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMII
  • ASIN: B001QFNSCK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The long-awaited fourth studio album by the Manchester-based rock band. Produced by the band along with Dan Austin and John Leckie, the album has been well received by the critics and features the top 40 single 'Kingdom of Rust'.

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A welcome return from one of Britain’s most underestimated rock bands, Kingdom of Rust, the fourth album from the Manchester trio and their first since 2005’s chart topping Some Cities, is surely their finest release so far. Combining the intensity of their last record and the melancholic grace of their anthemic 2002 single "There Goes The Fear", Kingdom of Rust is terrific throughout. From the opener "Jetstream", a suitably cinematic rush inspired by the Blade Runner soundtrack, to the elegant closer "Lifelines", Doves sound better than ever. The title track is a gently grooving, oddly haunting space-blues over a rockabilly beat, "The Outsiders" is built on a motorik rhythm and a heavy bassline and "Winter Hill" marries an instantly familiar folk melody to some relentless and fragile sequencing. But it’s the clever arrangements from singer Jimi Goodwin and the Williams brothers that capture the listener, details such as the thumping Northern Soul bassline that kicks in at the conclusion of "Winter Hill" or the rumbling, chattering synths that keep driving tunes like "Jetstream" forward. Only the languid, if enjoyable funk of "Compulsion" disrupts the cohesive mood. It’s still easy to hear hints of Mancunian forbears such as the Smiths and New Order- this band could come from nowhere else--but with Kingdom of Rust Doves have added another future classic to the city’s canon.--Steve Jelbert

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Neppo on 21 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Such a great album with Doves back on form with some great songs on this album. It begins on a high for a bunch of killer songs, mellows out with some growers which will hook you in with a few listens, and then comes back for a third section which is different again. Standout track has to be Winter Hill which I just love. Wonderful guitar work throughout which is such a joy to follow. Well put together running order and made for the car in the same way as any Swervedriver album, which is probably just as well: the sound quality!

Such a shame that great songs are let down by shockingly bad recording and hideous compression on this CD. It's bad enough in the car but take it home and play it on a decent system and it just sounds as if my younger brother recorded it on his 20 year old broken portable Walkman! Because the songs are so good I was up for buying it on vinyl too, but figured in the end that as the recording quality was so bad it just wouldn't be worth it. If the market is going to dumb-down and compress for MP3 entirely, then I may as well just give up buying CDs, because this really is pants. I wouldn't care if I didn't care.

The music gets 5 stars, but because the package is flawed by the sound, it's lost a star.

If you can get past that, it's maybe their best album to date.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gideon D. Brody VINE VOICE on 28 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Doves have always felt a little like Elbow's extrovert alter ego; a band happier being at the heart of the maelstrom than contemplating its hung-over afterglow. Whereas Elbow can be characterised more by their cap-in-hand romanticism, Doves have always been better suited to the role of escapists. For Elbow's unabashed honesty, Doves respond in kind with vistas of widescreen imagery. While neither band would claim to represent Madchester's new dawn, both are true products of the city: equal parts self-effacing and brazen.

Bury's finest produce their best when they transplant the region's deadpan wit and warmth into their songs. Doves, on the other hand, tend to concentrate on Manchester's sense of defiance - something rooted in its urban ghettos and marked by the regular occurrence of excitable terrace anthems (Catch the Sun, There Goes The Fear, Pounding, Black And White Town). Though Mancunians would always emphasise the humility of their beloved city, ambition and fearlessness mark it and its music. From the seven-minute, effects-strewn epic to the casual inclusion of a full orchestra, neither band - like the city that bred them - is afraid of pulling punches.

With Kingdom Of Rust, Doves have spent a great deal of time (four years, in fact) holed up in training. As they confidently re-enter the ring as strutting light-heavyweights, they will be keen to dispel any accusations of ring rustiness. In many ways, Kingdom Of Rust feels like Doves might be trying to prove a point. Last Broadcast and Some Cities were both strong albums, challenging enough to be interesting over the long term and speckled with some stellar pop songs. Kingdom Of Rust focuses less on the charts and more on the reinvention of Doves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Haggis on 1 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Doves are a quality band and I was so looking foward to this release, more so than anything for a long time. The first listen didn't strike me as one of their better albums as there are not any stand out tracks. However after a few plays the penny dropped. You need to immerse yourself in the music to truly apprecuate what a well crafted album this is. For me they have written a magnificent series of songs and stayed true to themselves. It will be a sad day if they ever sell their soles for commercial success. Only slight critisim is that it is very similar to their other stuff which you could argue is no bad thing. For that reason I have given "Kingdom of Rust" 4* plus I like "The Last Broadcast" more
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Richardson on 2 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is a far better piece of work than most of the reviews. I've never come across the Doves before so this album has come out of the blue to me. I liked it on first play through and it's still finding favor.
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By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
As a band, Doves are very unassuming. They shun the limelight, yet still command huge attendances at their gigs, and are big festival favourites. Kingdom Of Rust is their fourth studio album.

Listeners to older albums will know that Doves always start quite and build slowly. Jetstream is no different, as the quite beginnings open up into a wide panorama of techno, guitars, and wailing vocals. The title track, though, is half distinctive Doves with a chorus that could belong to no other band, and half Ghostriders in the Sky.

The Outsiders is a full rock out, but by this point I was a bit disappointed that the same stride hadn't been hit as in earlier albums. Winter Hill is another classic example of a beautifully crafted song, but the distinctive lead vocals are so recognisable that I wondered whether I'd hear it all before.

10:03 begins with a string quartet, which halfway completely changes into a distorted train ride of an instrumental, with screaming bass and thundering drums, before flipping back to complete what can only be described as "Extreme Sonata Form".

The trouble is that they've set their standards almost unattainably high. And while the sound is always original and distinctive, this album is a mixture of all the parts that have gone before. So while Doves will always stand out from the BritPop crowd, this album won't stand out from their repertoire.
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