Review Round-Up #13

A few more reviews which have filtered through during the past week (mostly from U.S. College newsletters)…

The Cornell Daily Sun, Album Review:


The Doves’ newest album, Kingdom of Rust, is definitely not for everyone. It is a cacophony of minor, at times difficult-on-the-ear sounds. That being said, it is likely to be one of the most intriguing, original albums you’ve heard in a long time. The entire album has a strange, almost electronica-like aura, perhaps most notably displayed in the track, “The Outsiders.” It is a little creepy at times, but in general makes for an overarching sound that is both indie and at times reminiscent of classic rock. “House of Mirrors” is probably the most interesting track of the album, constantly changing the prevalent rhythm and tempo while spontaneously adding sound effects and featuring incredible guitar instrumentals. The listener will never get bored, but may, on the contrary, wish for a break, one that comes around the middle of the album. The listener is given room to digest the initial fast-paced music with much slower-paced tracks, beginning with “10:03.” “Ship of Fools” is another track worthy of mention, as its background flow somehow emits the feeling of being on a ship at sea. The Doves have changed since their most widely known album, 2002’s The Last Broadcast, but an open-minded listener will bask in the innovative glory of Kingdom of Rust.

Student Life, Album Review:

Student Life

The band musters a lot of sound for just three guys, carefully layered and interestingly developed, rather than relying on repetitive chords and lines. Of particular note is guitarist Jez Williams, who manages varied effects, from wah-wahs to heavy distortion dripping with resonance to heavy incisive licks, sometimes even within the same song, while making them all seem not only to fit, but also to be absolutely necessary.

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The John Hopkins News-Letter, Album Review:

The John Hopkins News-Letter

Doves bring their most ambitious and bold material out towards the end of Kingdom of Rust. Before guitarist Jez Williams begins singing on “Compulsion,” the sound can be confused with that of another Mancunian threesome, the Bee Gees. With Andy Williams tapping away on the top hat and cymbals and Goodwin laying down a groovy baseline, this song just makes you want to dance like its 1975.

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The Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Album Review:

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

This has been 18 months in the making and they’ve secreted themselves away in a Cheshire farmhouse to record it. The fruits of their extended labour is an album that’s cerebral and eclectic –experimental even. At times they’re wind-up merchants, building up a fever-pitch sense of anticipation without ever flourishing into the longed-for killer chorus. Others range from a Chemical Brothers-kind wallop through to Who-like meandering rock anthems –and that’s before the quiet, orchestral rock intensity and far-off shimmerings. As for where the Lancastrian Spaghetti western-sounding title track fits in –well, it doesn’t.