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  • Audio CD (21 Feb. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Content/Copy-Protected CD, Import
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0007KVB3I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Some Cities (CD Album) by Doves - 11 Tracks : 1. Some Cities (3:22) 2. Black And White Town (4:15) 3. Almost Forgot Myself (4:42) 4. Snowden (4:12) 5. The Storm (4:52) 6. Walk In Fire (5:34) () 7. One Of These Days (4:50) 8. Someday Soon (4:08) 9. Shadows Of Salford (2:44) 10. Sky Starts Falling (4:11) 11. Ambition (4:00)

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Format: Audio CD
This is my first taste of Doves, and "Some Cities" has certainly proved an enjoyable album to listen to over the past week (and perhaps, even, for a few weeks to come).
"Some Cities" opens its namesake album, and is fairly enjoyable even if it doesn't aspire to much. It then merges into the next track - "Black & White Town" - which has a pacey piano-riff and a thumping drum that sends it along nicely - this is arguably the best track on the album and it's no surprise it has been released as the first single. "Almost Forgot Myself" maintains the upbeat start to the album and has a 60s feel and proabably owes something to the bands of that era such as The Kinks. Snowden - which looks to be the second single from "Some Cities" - has twinkly guitar riffs and blaring oriental-style bursts which build up to the song's climax, ending in a climbing mountain of sound which justifies the track's name.
Here, a break from the summery beginning comes in the form of "The Storm", built around a movie-score sample with strings-infested melancholy that works rather well, and is certainly one of my favourite tracks on the album.
The album then returns to its previous state - albeit with a slightly darker side - with the songs "Walk In Fire" and "One Of These Days", the latter sounding like the perfect anthem for a summer festival. "Someday Soon" mixes somber vocals with a hopeful guitar/flute-like instrument riff to good effect. "Shadows of Salford" is a favourite of mine but is probably not very accessible - sounds depressing on the first listen, but creates a ghostly atmosphere with a creepy piano, vulnerable vocals and bursts of 'ooh! ooh!' that collaborates to make a somewhat unsettling but pleasant song. Hmmm....
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There is so much going on that on a simple background listen one would miss. I suppose generally it's a chilled album but my body has been discovered to be uncontrollably jigging to the groove. Grooves which tend to be constant in structure with only slight alterations along the way.

I'm now gonna go against all that I've just written and say the word "Epic".

Songs average at 4.30 and, from a recording and mixing point of view, cover a massive range of styles and techniques. A fantastic use of room sounds (I've been told they recorded a lot of the album in an old church (the sleeve states that it was recorded and mixed in 10 different locations!!!) and computer (or otherwise) effects.

I find myself occasionally listening and waiting for the next effect to slip in `cos it always sounds so freakin' ace!!

This is my first time with this band and I can highly recommend it as a starting point. After this I got all their other albums and discovered many delights on the way.

I'd recommend this album to anyone with a cultured and wide range in tastes. It's not too intrusive and has a great mixture of sad and happy songs, leaving you feeling ... well ... alive!

This album will be in and out of my player for the rest of my life. And I'll always find something new!

Conclusion:
A lovely chunk of ear candy - eat it NOW!
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I just listened to the entire album on NME and, having already fallen in love with "Black and White Town," I am now chomping at the bit to buy "Some Cities" when it hits the States. In addition to "Black," my favorite tracks are "Snowden" and the gorgeous "One of These Days." This is an epic album from start to finish.
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The problem that Doves will have the rest of their career is that every album they put out will be measured against their brilliant debut, Lost Souls. When I first listened to Some Cities, I thought "Hmm, not Lost Souls, not even The Last Broadcast." But like all Doves albums, you have to keep listening. You probably don't "get" the album until you have listened to more than five or six times all the way through. But once you do "get" it, then you keep playing it and playing it and playing it. The electronic atmospherics so prevalent on Lost Souls and to an extent on The Last Broadcast are toned down here. There aren't as many radio friendly tracks like "Catch the Sun," "Pounding," or "Caught by the River." But what is here is very solid. It's also varied. You've got Northern Soul influences on "Black and White Town," bluesy guitar playing on "Almost Forgot Myself," and the Doves' penchant for rockabilly on "Walk In Fire." But I must reserve special mention for three tracks in particular: "Snowden" with its electronically distorted string symphonic riff; the flute-accented 70s prog rock of "Someday Soon" (my favorite track); and the moody "Ambition" which relied on the reverberations of a Scottish cathedral where they recorded the track. There is so much variety here that even if you tire of listening to the whole album, you'll be drawn back to individual tracks. Doves are absolutely essential and the only band prepared to take the mantle of Mancunian musical elder statesmen when New Order finally pass from the stage.
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This is my first taste of Doves, and "Some Cities" has certainly proved an enjoyable album to listen to over the past week (and perhaps, even, for a few weeks to come).
"Some Cities" opens its namesake album, and is fairly enjoyable even if it doesn't aspire to much. It then merges into the next track - "Black & White Town" - which has a pacey piano-riff and a thumping drum that sends it along nicely - this is arguably the best track on the album and it's no surprise it has been released as the first single. "Almost Forgot Myself" maintains the upbeat start to the album and has a 60s feel and proabably owes something to the bands of that era such as The Kinks. Snowden - which looks to be the second single from "Some Cities" - has twinkly guitar riffs and blaring oriental-style bursts which build up to the song's climax, ending in a climbing mountain of sound which justifies the track's name.
Here, a break from the summery beginning comes in the form of "The Storm", built around a movie-score sample with strings-infested melancholy that works rather well, and is certainly one of my favourite tracks on the album.
The album then returns to its previous state - albeit with a slightly darker side - with the songs "Walk In Fire" and "One Of These Days", the latter sounding like the perfect anthem for a summer festival. "Someday Soon" mixes somber vocals with a hopeful guitar/flute-like instrument riff to good effect. "Shadows of Salford" is a favourite of mine but is probably not very accessible - sounds depressing on the first listen, but creates a ghostly atmosphere with a creepy piano, vulnerable vocals and bursts of 'ooh! ooh!' that collaborates to make a somewhat unsettling but pleasant song. Hmmm....
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