The group doesn't really hold back much on the debut, as it runs 15 tracks (3 of them are extra on the US domestic release) and well over 70 minutes. The disc starts out with the instrumental "Firesuite" (perhaps a reference to their own reincarnation) on which the steady trio of drums, bass and guitar slowly build a sly groove worthy of Portishead over some wispy samples. From there, they go into a more standard sounding track in "Here It Comes," before the quiet "Break Me Gently" (in which the vocals have been filtered so that it sounds like they're being sung underwater).
The shoegazer side of the band comes into play on the very next track and it's fittingly titled "Sea Song" as it undulates back and forth before building to a shimmering haze a couple different times. On the back to back tracks of "Melody Calls" and "Catch The Sun," the group works a soft singalong and more overtly rocking side respectively. They're two of the more less-exciting tracks on the album and even though they take a more traditional route, they don't derail the more interesting sound of the group. One of the best tracks on the album is actually one of the first ones that the group ever did, and was pulled from an earlier EP. "The Cedar Room" starts out with a slow, stuttering wash of feedback before locking into a super smooth rhythm. Shimmering guitars just melt over the song and the vocals are nicely subdued until the louder choruses. It's the longest track on the release, but doesn't feel overlong one bit.
The actual album closes out on the somewhat eerie track "A House," but as the first bonus track kicks in, it will make you wonder why in the hell they left it off any copies of the release at all. "Darker" is by far the loudest track on the disc with its thick, sludgy bass, but the guitar part dances across the fuzzed out groove and snappy, almost hip-hop beats. It's seducto and smooth and one of the better rock tracks I've heard this year. The other two bonus tracks take a bit different route, but by the time they arrive, they're just icing. There are elements of everything from Morrissey (even with the cover art) to a touch of shoegazer and flat-out rock, but there's just something slightly different about Lost Souls that gives it it's edge. Not absolutely groundbreaking, but very good.Say something interesting about your business here.
What's something exciting you“Words they mean nothing, so you can’t hurt me”, croons Jez Williams on ‘Words’, precisely three minutes into Doves‘ second album. Hell, there’s
nothing like getting your retaliation in early. But anyone bearing any residual ill-will toward Doves and their extraordinary second album should leave the room right now. After all, It’s not as though – Jimi’s beard aside – they’ve ever shown signs of the flu-rock epidemic that’s swept erm, ‘guitar Britain’ since, oh, who knows, ‘OK Computer’ (symptoms in victims: pallid complexion; week-in-bed clothes; tunes that help you grieve more easily). Doves may be depressed, sure, but unlike, say, Elbow, they’re
never depressing. When Jimi Goodwin sings “You turn around and life’s passed you by” on epic seven-minute [a]Beach Boys[/a]-do-‘I Am The Resurrection’ single ‘There Goes The Fear’ it neither makes you want to dig out that rusty razor blade or wallow in the potential consequences of David Beckham’s fractured metatarsal bone. Instead, much like masters of the art U2, it just makes you want to holler along even louder. As their accountants might tell you, it’s quite a knack.
Review by Jason Fox
Give customers a reason tDoves are back with a remarkably affecting record that gives the listener a real insight into the mindset of band members Jez, Andy & Jimi. This is an album about the transitory nature of life, there's a mistrust of the new and a simple mourning for what's passed. There's a respectful remembrance of what's been been lost, be it physical (buildings in Manchester and Liverpool) or metaphysical (friendships, sense of belonging, love).
Album opener "Some Cities" sees the band attempt to come to terms with the changes in their hometowns after returning from a two year tour of the world. "Black And White Town", the band's first full attempt at Northern Soul and recent single, continues the theme of city life; specifically escaping its daily grind.
There is a wonderful contrast between these insular city songs with the expansive "Snowden" and the Sigur Ros-like final track "Ambition". Here the sense of frustration is replaced with joy and hope. The differences in mood might be explained by the fact that the album was recorded in Liverpool, London and near Loch Ness.
"Walk In Fire" is one of many stand out tracks. A classic big beat forms the backbone of the song and reminds you more of the band's Sub Sub, Madchester roots. A siren, tasty guitars, gospel-like backing vocals and a sing-along chorus all combine magically and confirm how far they've grown musically since those early days.
It's clear the success of their first two albums (both were nominated for the Mercury prize and sold bucket loads) has given Doves the confidence to explore new ideas. This is the sound of a band pushing themselves to the limit of their songwriting abilities and they're clearly enjoying every minute. "The Storm", for example,features wonderful cinematic strings and the best mouth organ this side of The The's Mind Bomb.
In these days of new acts shooting to fame (this year's V festival will be headlined by two acts that only have one album to their names - Franz Ferdinand and Scissor Sisters), let's celebrate a band who've been around for over ten years and who keep on getting better and better with each release.o do business with you.