#dovesleak Contest Winners

Back in August we invited all of you to interpret a then unreleased track, Forest House, using only ‘leaked’ sheet music. Thanks to all of you who took part in the contest. We have enjoyed listening to all of the interpretations.

The choice as to who should win the contest became difficult owing to the quality of the responses. The outcome is a three-way split, with a fans choice (Nathan Sinclair) and us finding ourselves with two, ‘band choice’ versions by Sean Bechhofer and Mark Lang. Listen to the three versions above.

Black Vinyl Reissues

We’re excited to announce the release of our first three albums on 180g black vinyl!

Lost Souls, The Last Broadcast and Some Cities will be released on November 27th (January 15th USA), all with original artwork, sleeve notes and a download code.

You can pre-order yours here: https://Doves.lnk.to/VinylReissues

The Universal Want Lyrics Booklet

As you will likely know the booklet that came with The Universal Want vinyl & CD was sadly lacking in lyrics much to the disappointment of many. Huge thanks to our good friend and Doves forum regular Madeleine Kuhn aka BlackEyedAngel, she has put together a lyrics booklet so that we don’t have to pull up the lyrics websites every time we want to sing along to the tracks!

The booklet comes in full colour form or black & white if you prefer. There’s also a seperate A4 lyrics sheet and an instruction booklet that will help you with how to put the booklet together.

🔗 Download The Universal Want lyrics booklet all files

Individual Files 👇

🔗Download the colour booklet

🔗Download the black & white booklet

🔗Download the booklet instructions

🔗Download the A4 lyrics sheet

Again all credit to Madeleine Kuhn for putting this fantastic booklet together and allowing DMB to host the booklet for us all to enjoy!

Merch

At long last! We’re thrilled to finally be able to offer official Doves merch for sale online. T-Shirts, slipmats, lapel badges and more are now available to order from our official merch store.

🔗 https://dovesmerch.com

Box Set Idea

Well done to James King over at Doves forum for this genius idea!!

Andy’s Top 10 Formative Albums

Louder Than War asked Andy to list his top 10 formative albums. Not too many surprises. But Andy did provide some interesting tidbits including this:

Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden

“A very formative record in terms of us finding our direction with Doves. We started listening to this record in our Sub Sub days (we sampled it on Spaceface too) on the come down after being out clubbing. It’s such a real, spiritual record and still sounds like nothing else.”

For the complete top 10 picks, visit Louderthanwar.com

The Universal Want Guitar Tabs

With much love and thanks to Nick Yates, all of The Universal Want guitar tabs are now up. Visit the The Universal Want page to view all the guitar tabs & lyrics for each track.

Nick has also kindly offered up all the tracks on a single file that you can download here.

Have fun!

TUW Vinyl Pressing Review

Clash music has reviewed the quality of The Universal Want vinyl pressing:

A solid retread of past glories, varnished with several new belters in ‘For Tomorrow’ and ‘Cathedrals Of The Mind’, the record has been curiously mastered and lacks nuance. Where normally this would be unpicked to some extent for the vinyl master, something still seems awry on this GZ pressing.

The first copy Just Played received had considerable paper detritus across the smeary-looking vinyl and even two ultrasonic cleans at the heaviest setting couldn’t rid it of considerable surface noise.

A second copy had less dirt on the disc and was spared much of the unacceptable volley of pops and clicks of the first, but the sound on both was simultaneously shrill and muddy. Whatever the merits of the music, the percussion sounds like it’s coming from a neighbouring commuter’s headphones while the mid-range often appears to be underwater. Approach with extreme caution.

Sadly I can’t disagree with the comments about the quality of the vinyl pressing. I’m no audiophile – but you don’t need to be to enjoy vinyl. The two versions I have on 12″ both sound off. One is unlistenable, with drop outs throughout. The other is a bit better but still should sound better than it does. Some fans have reported having no issues with the vinyl, while others have reported similar issues so I’m not sure what the problem is other than it must be a lack of quality control at the pressing plant. The CD sounds great, as does the remix EP included in the boxset which was well put together and is well worth splurging out for if you can.

I should add I did not come across the same issues with last year’s reissues, which sound as good as the original vinyl’s (which I own) to my untrained ears.

A Classic Universal Need – The Universal Want Review

A Classic Universal Need

There are those who say that I always hear the best in everything that Doves do – that I’m biased. Maybe so, but after a decade of not hearing anything at all, an epic, multi-layered Doves fart would sound good. But then again, would it? Maybe something new would deflate the years of yearning; fan out the flickering flames of affection.

It was with some trepidation, then, that I clicked play on iTunes to listen to The Universal Want for the very first time. I’d have liked to have pressed a ‘physical’ play button on the day of release, BUT THEN SOME D*CK AT THE DISTRIBUTOR FORGOT TO PUT A STAMP ON THE ENVELOPES.

Anyway, I’d already heard Carousels and publicly declared it to be ‘Doves at their most magnificent’. But was the track a one-off – a wicked teaser just to get us excited? Had the band pulled the wool over our eyes only to lull us into a false sense of security? Could Doves live up to what they’d given us before? The answer is a sweeping, swirling, rousing, fascinating, pulsating, driving, stirring, promising, comforting, saddening and astounding, YES.

Let me rein that in a little. The Universal Want is THE seminal work of three musical masterminds. It’s the best, most complete album since U2’s The Joshua Tree. Aherm…

Maybe I’ve lost it, but Carousels seems to have doused Firesuite as my favourite Doves opener. It is the story of Doves (‘round and round and round and round…’). Hatched before they last took a break (not for the first time, it must be said), The Universal Want’s opening track is a rhythmic, hypnotic number that takes us on a wistful journey. Driven by the late Tony Allen’s superb beat, it’s a sweeping hymn that hints at Doves’ stop-start lifespan. It certainly feels like a bit of melancholy – bringing us all back to where we used to be. Back to when things were really rather good with the world.

Similar to one of Doves’ last releases (Andalucía) the second track, I Will Not Hide is one that shuffles along nicely before transforming into a beautiful, swirling anthem. It’s the kind of song that drove me to Doves in the first place. It breaks into a wonderous guitar solo at the three-minute mark, which takes me back to the ‘good old days’ – the time I first fell in love with Doves. Swoon.

Aside from their musicianship, one of Doves’ greatest strengths is their sequencing. Much care has gone into the running order of The Universal Want. The rousing vocals and soaring strings of Broken Eyes ratchets things up at exactly the right time. It’s clear that Doves are not just going through the motions here. Fifteen years after first being born, Doves’ ‘Kinks-inspired’ track was revamped with ‘the help of clarity and distance of time’. There are bands that constantly strive to produce tracks like this. This is just another in a long line of Doves’ understated epics – one that was originally consigned to a hard drive.

For Tomorrow illustrates why The Universal Want will become a classic contemporary album. Recorded live, this piano-driven track is ‘psychedelia meets soul’. Halfway through, a fascinating lounge break takes us into territory that Jez describes as ‘unsettling’, before launching into a groove. ‘We will breathe again,’ cries Jimi. And so we will – despite our facemasks. This is Doves making us all feel that little bit better about things to come.

Slow, but pulsating, Cathedrals of the Mind is a beautiful ode to someone we lost at the time of its composition – David Bowie. This is a gorgeous track that briefly ventures into ‘dub’ territory, but still retains an otherworldly feel. Haunting and spine-tingling.

Prisoners is a driving tune and the album’s first single. The lyrics, ‘old friend, it’s been a while’, seem to sum up everything that’s preceded the release of The Universal Want. It’s a prescient reminder of what we’ve all been going through (‘in dusty halls… hollow shopping malls’). It is an anthem for our times.

The robotic words, ‘it’s a trap’ open and close the ‘dystopian’ Cycle of Hurt. There’s almost a Simple Minds’ Street Fighting Years vibe about this (Jez even seems to channel his inner Charlie Burchill). This is a stirring number written ‘off the cuff’ in just ten minutes. How can you compose something so striking in ten minutes? Therein lies the brilliance of this band.

So, we come to Mother Silverlake – in my opinion, the standout track on an utterly faultless album. Rocking beats, groovy bass, Soviet-synths, ghostly vocals. Despite its poignant inspiration (lost mothers), it’s an ethereal tune that moves at pace before being spliced by Jimi’s voice. It could have been co-written with Adamski and A Guy Called Gerald in the Haçienda around thirty years ago. Another ‘live’ number, according to Jez, it’s Doves’ ‘secret weapon’. If it doesn’t go on to become one of Doves’ most popular tracks, I’ll be surprised. It’s worthy of replacing ‘Space Face’ as a set closer, it’s really that good.

The title track, (minus the ‘The’) Universal Want is how music should be made. A comforting, slow-burner, it’s a song that wouldn’t sound out of place as a James Bond theme. A backing choir, bongos, rim shots and ‘acid’; it is where Doves have brought us back to – the best of times. We’ve now been taken full circle. Round and round and round…

The perfect album ends perfectly with the perfect Forest House. It brings to a gentle close the most astounding, accomplished piece of musical perfection since I can’t remember when (I might have over-egged The Joshua Tree). The Universal Want is an overture. It’s a body of work that is so good, it’s almost criminal not to hear it. Let’s hope that in a hundred years’ time, the universe will need Doves like the 21st Century ‘Beethovens’ they now are.

Am I too biased? Nah. I just know classical music when I hear it.

-Paul Bingley

The Universal Want Guitar Tabs

With much love & thanks to Nick Yates. I’ve uploaded the guitar tabs for I Will Not Hide, Broken Eyes and Forest House. That’s over half the album done, the rest will follow in good time.

To see & download the latest guitar tabs from The Universal Want, click here.

 

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