The undisputed star of the show, however, is Jimi Goodwin. He spends most of his time on bass and lead vocals but before the end makes effective cameos on drums and a nylon-stringed classical guitar. Notably, he knows his way around a good groove –a remnant of Doves’ past as dance-pop one-hit wonders Sub Sub –giving yet another appealing dimension to the music.
It’s a predictably structured set, with the newer material generally at the front. While there is much to admire in the band’s continued growth, these songs are not without some stodginess.
As if to show them up, late appearances from classic oldies The Cedar Room, with its mid-tempo grind, the slinky Here It Comes and There Goes the Fear, which evolves from a shimmering guitar opening to a final percussion free-for-all, combine to provide a thrilling climax.
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