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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 (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,174 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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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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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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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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Doves recorded thier difficult 4th album and it show's, fine song's, but not as good as thier previous album's, but still some fine numbers regardless, but it was a very good price from a good seller, in perfect condition that was quick to arrive.
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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 don't include Lost Sides and the live albums). If you know nothing about the Doves and fancy taking the plunge then this album is, for my money, the one to start with. It's slightly less Manchester than the others (there aren't any songs about the M62 or Northenden on it anyway) though still not exactly mainstream.

Just a pity they're unlikely to do any more since taking a break in 2010.
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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 Broadcast, Some Cities and Lost Sides, This band keeps on growing Jimi Goodwin is an incredible so is the one half of the Williams brothers, definitely a great purchase
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