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4.0 out of 5 stars
Some Cities sees Doves take the next step musically, 10 Mar 2006
"[Some Cities] is the sound of a band pushing themselves to the limit of their songwriting abilities and they're clearly enjoying every minute"
(Dan Tallis, BBC)
After their inspired Last Souls debut and the sheer brilliance of The Last Broadcast, Doves knew they had a lot to live up to with their third album - and they certainly don't disappoint. Though it is still characteristically Doves, they have built upon previous records to make some of their most spectacular music to date. From the haunting sounds in Snowden, and the epic strings in The Storm to the jangy piano in Black and White Town, the Doves manage to create a wonderful layer of sound that is simply magical to listen to. Even better though, all of this is merely in support to the brilliant tunes and melodies of the songs. Jim Goodwin's marvellous voice captures you on most tracks, although guitarist Andy Williams takes the lead on others to equally satisfying effect.
Covering subjects such as city centre regeneration and satellite towns lack of 'colour and sound' (Black and White Town), the atmospheric feel of the album in undeniable. You actually feel as if you stood by the band watching as historical buildings are torn down and the city centre becomes a sterile carbon copy of every other major city. The album is all downcast however, the uplifting spirit of Sky Starts Falling and Walk in Fire are infectious.
Simply put, this is a brilliant, fundamentally Northern album from a group, who are arguably the best Mancunian band around at the moment, pushing the musical boundaries of the indie genre.