It speaks volumes about Doves’ far-reaching ambitions –or perhaps their lack of provincial attitude –that they’ve made such a mighty noise for over a decade without ever being tagged a ‘Manchester band’.
When they shed their rave pop guise of Sub Sub and emerged in 1998 with glacial ghost story The Cedar Room –an amorphous spectre of a tune as haunting as the ghouls that inhabited its lyrics –their atmospheric bass throbs and sunbeam-surfing guitars spoke more of Viennese spires shrouded in gothic mist than cocaine benders down The City. Instead of being tethered to geographical roots, Doves took wing, inspiring hordes of potato-faced blokes, from I Am Kloot to Elbow, to make music as beautiful as they weren’t. In their time, Jimi Goodwin and Andy and Jez Williams have come to epitomise what can only be described as Mercury Prize rock.
As expansive and ambitious as their sound, this best-of set draws together their most memorable hits, stand-out album tracks, B-sides and alternative versions across a standard and deluxe, expanded edition. That it still doesn’t find space for Satellites is testament to the quality of the monumental music on display.
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