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Kingdom of Rust [CD]

Doves Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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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
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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DOVES Kingdom Of Rust (2009 Taiwanese issue 11-track CD album sealed picture sleeve with obi-strip)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music - let down by recording 21 Oct 2010
By Neppo
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A pumped up Doves 28 April 2009
By Mr. Gideon D. Brody VINE VOICE
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine work 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a grower 1 May 2009
By Haggis
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Manchesters finest!! 25 Mar 2009
By Darren
Format:Audio CD
It's been a long 4 year wait since the last offering by Doves and I'm happy to report that it has certainly been worth the wait.
Kingdom of Rust sees Doves return with an utter epic album of eclectic tunes that takes you on a journey somehow perfectly painting a picture of the Northwest of England in a way that only Doves can do. I can hear so many influences in this album, the likes of Blondie, Bowie and the Clash to name but a few.
In my humble opinion this is Doves best album yet, surpassing the heights that The Last Broadcast reached. There is not one filler on this album. Personally, for me, Compulsion is the stand out track, that base riff is a killer..
For those of you already familiar with Doves you wont be disappointed. Those of you who aren't then go buy the album, you'll be hooked.
Around the same time last year Elbow released an album that ended with them getting the so richly deserved accolades they had been missing. One can only hope 2009 will prove to be Doves year..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Dust 20 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is one outstanding albulm. Kingdom of Rust the single released just now from the albulm is sublime. The tracks on the albulm are well placed. Its not often I listen to an albulm and resist skipping tracks.
Every new listen opens up the layers of some of the songs. I am glad I bought this albulm. Doves are a great band. No rust just gold dust on their songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
One of their finest - I know they've not released that many - and well worth a listen. Has some cracking tracks and is for my money the best of the few (4 if you're a purist and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album is truly incredible
I'll be brief, I love every single track on this album, this is very experimental and hip in places and low-key in others, this is on par with their other albums The Last... Read more
Published 5 months ago by eloquent
5.0 out of 5 stars Doves LP Honesty
As with most of the current manchester scene, Elbow included, this LP contains one good song and the rest is album filler!
Published 9 months ago by I write reviews on the toilet
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Doves Album
Back at their best! This album reminds me of Lost Souls, their first and still in my view the best Doves album. A super album with many great songs beautifully woven together.
Published 10 months ago by Mr. P. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom of Rust
A fantastic album full of recognisable riffs and surprises, a northern masterpiece that doesn't diminish over time. A very highly recommended addition to everyone's collection
Published on 29 April 2012 by mtorj
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - no skipping over songs
It is very rare that I bother to take the time to write reviews unless I really like something. I had heard the title track on the radio when it was released as a single and had... Read more
Published on 29 May 2010 by gillherb
5.0 out of 5 stars I shouldn't have waited 8 months to buy it
It took me until Christmas '09 to buy this, probably because of the heavy TV promotion meaning I got to hear Jetstream, Winter Hill and Kingdom of Rust multiple times. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2010 by Born Again Bookworm
2.0 out of 5 stars Busy Prog Pop
I've been listening to this album on and off for a few months now but am finding it heavy going. It's so over produced and ponderous, like a multi-layered cake, that once you've... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2010 by J. Macdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all Doves Fans
As a band, Doves are very unassuming. They shun the limelight, yet still command huge attendances at their gigs, and are big festival favourites. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2010 by A. Marczak
5.0 out of 5 stars This is magic, pure alchemy.
Looking at a small selection of other reviews you could be forgiven for thinking Kingdom of Rust is a difficult listen. I'd have to disagree completely. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2010 by G. Boggia
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