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'.
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