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By A Customer
This review is from: Lost Souls (Audio CD)
Following the mediocre new albums from Oasis and Embrace, it was up to Doves to restore my faith in 'epic' British guitar music. 'Lost Souls' succeeds spectacularly on this count. If Noel Gallagher had had any ambition, 'Standing on the shoulder of giants' might have sounded a little more like this record rather than the below-par Beatles facsimile he offered us instead. Although at 1 hour long the LP is perhaps a little too much for one sitting, the sheer quality of the songs and the originality of the way they are produced makes it a compelling debut. Particular highlights are the singles 'The Cedar Room', 'Sea Song' and 'Here It Comes' but the spectacular 'Rise', the La's-esque 'Melody Calls' and the gorgeous 'The Man Who Told Everything' demonstrate the sheer depth of this record. As the mark I've given it indicates, it's not a faultless album; a couple of the songs drag a little (the title track in particular sounds great but doesn't really go anywhere interesting), but this is still the first great debut of the year and one of the best albums of the year full stop. A triumph.