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More Eden

Thanks to Adam for the above atmospheric picture from Eden. Another review of the Eden show, this time from never enough notes who seemed to enjoy the show abit more than the this is Cornwall reviewer did..

Doves have some hard work to do: When the gig was announced Mumford & Sons were still emerging and Doves, with their solid following and previous storming set at the Eden Sessions in 2002, were a steadfast finishing band. And although the crowd is still up for it when they take the stage, it is clear that many are Doves virgins.

The band grab the audience well to start; Jimi Goodwin’s memorable voice and the moody and atmospheric music is the perfect soundtrack for the sun setting over the stunning Eden Project scenery. The band have worked hard on this ‘greatest hits’ tour and put on a good show with dramatic visuals including some interesting videos, my favourite being the ‘hoodies’ filmed for Black and White Town. The band relies heavily on the crowd being right there with them and affectionately coining the audience ‘Edeonions’, Goodwin manages to gain friends in most of them, especially when he offers to pay any council fines if the sound techs cranked up the volume.

To read the full review, click here.

Check out the official Eden Sessions blog here, for a short review of Doves set & pictures.

A few of you have wrote in asking about the status of the Eden download. Latest from the Doves Live Store..

We are expecting final approval from the band very shortly, as soon as we have it we will ship the CD’s and downloads.

Finally, work has started on the Echoes In The Alleyway microsite. Expect a full launch sometime late August ready for the album to be made available at the site early October. I have already received 9 tracks for the album so far, the quality is fantastic. Some really talented artists involved. I’m sure you will enjoy their take on some of your favourite Doves tunes. Tracks not dared to be covered yet include.. The Fear, Pounding & Words.

Thetford Review

Good friend of the blog Paul Bingley has sent in a review of the recent Thetford Forest show which can be read below, sounds like it was a fantastic show.

When Doves were booked to perform on the same day that England launched their 2010 World Cup bid, someone at The Forestry Commission was playing with fire. That said, while the rest of the nation screamed at Robert Green for his one ugly moment, a small pocket of England’s green and pleasant land witnessed something beautiful.

It’s a testament to Doves that so many traipsed into Thetford Forest on June 12th. 3,500 may not have been the sell-out crowd that Simply Red bored the day before, but it was certainly a respectable figure given the national circumstances.

The audience was surprising in itself. Ear-muffed toddlers, George Cross-clad teenagers and even mobility-scootered pensioners all bathed in blissful ignorance of England’s shenanigans amid a grandstand of collapsible chairs, coolboxes and tartan blankets.

Essentially, everyone was in the middle of a wood for the trees. A member of the Forestry Commission climbed onstage to remind everyone exactly where their money was going. The cycle paths and so on were all expected benefit. It made for a pleasant change from the usual profiteering lapped up by most fat cat promoters.

Humility made way for The Cheek – an energetic five-piece from nearby Woodbridge. They announced themselves by playing a blustering set before looking rather hot. A number of young girls in the front row certainly thought so anyway.

A band that can’t be accused of boisterousness is Cherry Ghost. Simon Aldred’s melancholic compositions have a soothing way about them and each one beautifully complemented the surroundings. Several mature women behind me were left swooning over their Lambruscos.

A little after quarter past nine, Doves ambled onstage. The sun had just slipped below the tree line leaving a single star in the sky. It remained a focal point for the rest of the evening.

The fact is, Doves don’t thrive on spectacle. You won’t see Jimi Goodwin swinging a chainsaw above his head shouting obscenities at the Devil. But that’s what makes Doves all the more remarkable. Songs like set opener, Jetstream, have not been composed to be accompanied by fire-eating dancers and women wearing telephone hats. Like most Doves offerings, it’s an epic, multi-layered journey that’s designed to be listened to – and when delivered live, it’s utterly mesmerising.

Doves, themselves, seemed enthralled with Thetford’s response. Push Me On did just that – coaxing out every inhibition and cranking up the electricity in the process. It culminated in Goodwin blowing the order of the set by announcing the wrong song. Never mind, Pounding would just have to do. And it did – pulsatingly so.

They hurtled through The Places Between, performing a majestic version of Snowden and then painting vivid colours with the sound of Black and White Town, before whipping up a carnival atmosphere to the samba explosion of There Goes the Fear. Yet it’s a certain Spaceface that most fans would consider the evening’s crowning glory.

Written when Doves were not Doves, Spaceface is a 90s dance track that’s crossed a wide divide and landed on Planet Rock. Usually played for appreciative audiences, the track leaves Thetford Forest bouncing. Even the mature ladies didn’t care as they spilt their Lambruscos all over the Norfolk grass.

There was one more beautiful moment to come, however. Creating their own mini-moshpit next to me was a family. I was struck by the youngest child who waved his arms and nodded his head in approval at every song. When I congratulated the parents for having such a ‘with it’ son, it transpired that I was standing next our very own ‘richtdev’ and the ‘tdev’ family.

Who needs England when you’ve got beautiful moments like that?

On Friday Doves are returning to the Eden Project in Cornwall, playing with the band of the moment Mumford & Sons. If you are attending, do send in your pictures/setlist or a review just like Paul did.

Speaking of Cherry Ghost, who finally have got a website going which you can visit here. They did a live session last night for BBC’s 6 music. Check it out to hear new tracks from their new album which is out next week. How good does Black Fang sound?! Its been a bit of a wait since Thirst for Romance, but from what I have heard this record could top that, beautiful stuff.

Doves Live In Cardiff

Picture by @shell150675

Picture by @jophster

Doves live at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Review by walesonline.co.uk

Doves have no need to worry about their vagaries of success. The Manchester band are assured competitors on the big stage. Their ether-scraping psych-rock is perfect accompaniment as the sun sets over the stadium.

Kingdom Of Rust, There Goes The Fear, Pounding and Caught By The River are songs that swell to a crescendo built on swathes of glistening electric guitar, all sweet surges and soaring choruses.

Setlist with thanks to an optional extra at doves board.

Snowden
Push me on
Pounding
Jetstream
Black and white town
Catch the sun
Kingdom of rust
Caught by the river

The Fear

Best Of Tour Thoughts

The Live Archive has been fully updated to include setlists for all the shows (except folkestone) from the Best Of tour. Pictures, video, links to media reviews included where possible.

From a personal point of view, it was just great seeing Doves live in the UK again. There was allot of talk of the tour being a final fling, if that was the case it sure didn’t feel like it. They surprised even me to be honest! Doves have never been a band where you expect many setlist changes on a tour.. but they sure did go all out this time.

There was no opening night nerves in Hull, you would never have guessed this was the opening night. They had an air of confidence about them that was quite refreshing. Opening the set with Firesuite then Push Me On was brilliant. A few media reviews seems to have questioned the inclusion of Push Me On from the off, but what a nice surprise for the fans. They carried on with the set changes in Leicester despite a flat crowd. M62 Song never a personal favourite of mine, sounded great live.

Glasgow as always proved once again why its the best city to play anywhere. Having seen shows in all the major UK/US cities.. none of them touch Glasgow. Great show, great crowd. Up there with the best doves shows I’ve seen, was a pleasure to be there.

They carried on the setlist changes through til the last night in Bradford. The Man Who Told Everything getting a dusting down in Blackburn, for the first time since 2003. The final show I caught was at the lovely Troxy in London where the prawn sandwich brigade were out in force. The Save 6 Music sign during the encore was a nice touch. Also a big shout out to Cherry Ghost who were brilliant at the shows I saw, only gripe was their sets were too short! Looking forward to the album.

Whatever happens next in Doves world, whether it be side projects, collaborations, tea parties.. expect to read about it on here! Cheers for reading.

02 Academy Glasgow


Once again Glasgow did not disappoint. Of the four shows I caught on the tour, this was by far the best of the lot. Up their with one of the best Doves shows I’ve seen. Both band and crowd were brilliant. An unscheduled performance of Spaceface topped the night off. Cherry Ghost earlier opened playing all new songs to an appreciative audience.

Glasgow Evening Times Preview

Video: The Cedar Room

Support: Cherry Ghost

Setlist

FIRESUITE
PUSH ME ON
SNOWDEN
POUNDING
WORDS
11 MILES OUT
JESTREEAM
WHERE WE’RE CALLING FROM
HOUSE OF MIRRORS
ANDALUCIA
10.03
KINGDOM OF RUST
BW TOWN
CAUGHT BY..
CEDAR ROOM
—-
BLUE WATER
LAST BROADCAST
CATCH THE SUN
THE FEAR

SPACEFACE

Hull City Hall

Photo by Soggyfoot

Doves opened the Best Of UK tour with an excellent show at the grand City Hall in Hull. Push Me On was performed live for the first time. Other surprises included rare live outings for 11 Miles Out and Catch The Sun.

Support: Cherry Ghost

Setlist

Radcliffe and Maconie Show

Tune into the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow night (Tuesday) from 8pm to hear Doves talk about the Best Of and other stuff I’m sure. No word on if they are doing a wee session or not. Cheers to gibbo for the heads up!

Doves official website has been updated with some new summer festival shows announced. For all the info visit doves.net

Popmatters have posted up a good review of the Best Of.

Those singles remain the primary reason this compilation works so well, however. One of the smartest things about the first disc that might fly over the head of those who either buy the album on iTunes or purchase the CD solely to rip it is the sequencing. Instead of going chronologically, which would have clearly illustrated just how much stronger Doves’ first two albums clearly are, all 15 tracks are arranged according to feel, and as a result it becomes an even more compelling listening experience, bouncing from opener “There Goes the Fear”, to “Snowden”, to “Kingdom of Rust”, to “Catch the Sun” to the closer “The Cedar Room”. The idea to choose now to put out The Places Between might seem strange, but the music inside is revelatory, even if you’ve already been listening to Doves for the past decade. It’s the strongest best-of to come our way by a UK band since Pulp’s Hits, but unlike that venerable, dearly missed band, we have every reason to be optimistic about hearing more extraordinary music from Doves in the future.

To read the full review, click here.

The album dropped down to number 37 on the UK album chart for last week. The album is released tomorrow (Tuesday) in North America at all good record/digital stores.

Mayrhofen Review #2 & Best Of Album Sales

Another short review of Doves set at the Snowbombing festival, this time from the Independent.

Crowd size had no bearing on the quality of the acts. Doves’ set, though sparsely attended – perhaps the band’s thoughtful and melancholic indie did not appeal to the ravers’ party vibe – was a highlight. With a “best of” album on the shelves, the trio provided a set spanning their 20-year career, including “Kingdom of Rust”, “There Goes The Fear” and the Motown pounding of “Black and White Town”. Doves are used to playing in the UK to crowds 10 times the size of this one, so perhaps Jimi Goodwin could have been forgiven for thinking they were performing for Austrians who had no idea who they were. “I can sing that in German”, he said, unaware that the majority of Snowbombers are British.

Don’t forget, you can catch Doves live on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show later this morning. Doves will be playing a couple tracks acoustic, then will do an interview. Expect to hear Doves around 11am-12 noon.

Finally, some sales stats for the Best Of album..

The Best Of Doves: The Places Between is this week’s highest new entry debuts at number 12 selling 9,714 copies.

Gaga’s album sold a total of 25,211 copies to stay at number one, the lowest sale for a number one artist album since The Last Broadcast by Doves topped the list selling only 22,437 copies eight years ago next month

Quite revealing figures, I’m sure you will agree. Apparently they are blaming the weather for the poor sales… I should point out that those sales figures for the Last Broadcast, was for its second week at number one. It sold over 52,000 copies first week.

Review: April 7th Mayrhofen, Austria

Doves kicked the year off by playing the Snowbombing Festival in Austria this past Wednesday. Gigwise was there, they have just put up a short review. It seems like red bull and maybe some other stuff was needed for this one..

They’re followed by Doves at the rather ungodly hour of 1.15am, when most revellers are either off their faces on some kind of plant food or other or just getting their rocks off to some faceless DJ. What this means is that the Mancunian outfit play to one of The Racket Club’s smallest crowds, which is something of a travesty bearing in mind both sound and set are near perfect, a rousing double whammy climax of ‘The Cedar Room’ and ‘There Goes The Fear’ proving particular highlights. By this time, Team Gigwise is in need of some sustenance, and even if you can take the boys out of England you can’t take England out of the boy, and kebabs are duly quaffed in double quick time.


Gigwise later added:

Gigwise duly went back into Narnia to take turns self-harming with a rusty nail to Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long.’ The Enemy getting Thursday’s prime time 11pm slot and Doves getting Wednesday’s graveyard shift of 1.15am was a bigger tragedy than Iain Dowie’s face. Fact.

Speaking of Iain Dowie… From the beautiful Mayrhofen, next stop on the road for Doves is Hull in a few weeks time, where this blogger will be reporting from.

Best Of Review Round-Up #1

The first round-up of the press reviews for the Best Of album.

Thanks to Paul Bingley For the Q review scan:

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there is a little sweetner in the form of Andalucia, the token new track that all Best Ofs seem to be legally obliged to carry. The track itself is fine; maybe not classic Doves, but it fits the retrospective mood by ticking all the boxes. Those wanting to shell out more will be pleased to receive a second disc of rarities and a DVD to boot.

The Places Between is that rare beast of a welcome retrospective. These are great tracks that have already done a good job of standing the test of time in a sometimes fickle genre. In a decade’s time they will still have their potency – something which guarantees continued play for this collection.

To read the full review, click here.

A greatest hits album is often cause for complaint, but the Doves have such a hit-packed back catalogue listening to this should be a pleasure. Hits including There Goes The Fear and Black and White Town to Words and Kingdom ofRust are mixed with hidden gems which never quite reaped the commercial success they deserved. MM

 

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