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This review is from: Some Cities (Audio CD)
Three bearded gloom rockers decide to write an album loosely based on the rain capital of Blighty. Sound unappetising? Um, well, actually...
I've never been that taken with Doves, I'll be honest. They have the tunes and the guts, but they do tend to overdo it. Similarly to Elbow, with whom they share an alarming number of similarities, I don't thing they've ever released anything shorter than four minutes.
But on Some Cities, things really come together. Guitars chime and drums pound as much as they ever did, but there is new rawness and direction. "Black and White Town", with its face carving drumming and drowning piano will be the reason you buy the album, but it certainly won't be the one you'll always be skipping to. "Almost Forgot Myself" is like being in the middle of some endless snow-mottled field; "Walk in Fire" captures alcoholism perfectly, both desperate and euphoric. "Shadows of Salford" is my personal favourite- it's like watching on TV a grim part of Manchester being torn down whilst it actually happens outside. Jimi Goodwin sings like he's on the bottom of the ocean, and his bandmates kick up a sound that is more Manc than Oasis could be in their wildest dreams. This sounds silly on paper, but it works like nothing else. Band-that-you-couldn't-recognise-on-the-street of the year?