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Doves – Some Cities

 

Completely fantastic new album. What their second album should have sounded like. Buy it NOW.

“Underpinned by the magnificent single Black And White Town, this is Doves at their brooding best. Like U2, the Mancunians lift rock to a higher celestial plain and this is their definitive album.” – Q

“The title track and Black And White Town are as good a start to an album as you’ll hear all year. Upbeat and euphoric, both are driven by Andy Williams emphatic, roaring drums. This record swings and stomps like anything the new breed of British upstarts could create. The first major league, epic British album of the year. A must have record.” – NME

“An early marker for album of the year. The diversity of ideas is breathtaking.” – Time Out

“No difficult third album, just deeper excursions into rain-drenched melancholy from Manchester’s most adventurous.” – Uncut

“An outstanding return. The first essential guitar album of the year.” – Observer Music Monthly

“Doves have created something of accomplished beauty. And in doing so may just have become the best band in Britain.” – The Fly

“The Storm opens with with an electronically tinkered vocal and develops into the kind of atmospheric beauty that could soundtrack a million late night drives. This nocturnal claustrophobia dominates much of the record, before collapsing in on itself for the ethereal, and oddly serene, closing track Ambition.” – Word

“Could already be the best record of 2005.” – GQ

“You have to own this album.” – The Sunday Times Culture

“The Manchester trio have produced another masterpiece. From start to finish Some Cities is blindingly brilliant.” – The Sun

“Doves make music with a huge heart, and play it with almost elemental power. Impressive stuff.” – The Times, The Eye

“CD of the week.” – The Observer

“A Doves record has a way of quietly getting under your skin and Some Cities is poised to do the same.” – Metro

“Both uplifting and melancholy, Doves hit gold three times running. Doves have once and for all ditched the miserablist tag and produced and album of glistening euphoria and elegant introspection.” – Classic Rock

“Another fine release from one of Britain’s best bands, with even more memorable anthems than their last record.” – The Daily Express

“Depressingly good.” – FHM

“It is refreshing and rare in today’s magpie culture that a band can release an album that sounds simply like themselves and not a facsimile of another act’s recent success. Doves have achieved this, honing their sweeping musical style into something they can truly call their own. The creativity prevalent throughout the album does not dilute the strength of their songwriting either – there are a handful of potentially huge singles here.” – Music Week

“Storming new anthems such as Walk In Fire and Sky Starts Falling show that Doves remain masters of sounding sad and happy at the same time.” – Evening Standard

“Jimi Goodwin and brothers Jez and Andy Williams are Doves, and as such, skilled sonic terrorists. Thrillingly, they continue to kick up a hell of a racket. ‘Some Cities’ is a distinctly different proposition to previous album ‘The Last Broadcast’, which dropped the occasional acoustic moment before unleashing salvoes of guitar rage. If anything, the follow-up has even more moshtastic moments (like the skeleton-shredding charge of first single ‘ Black And White Town’), yet these are now offset by quirkier, 60s-sounding throwbacks like ‘Shadows Of Salford’ and ‘Someday Soon’. Get ready to be pulverised.” – Music Zone (in-store magazine)

“An evocative offering which has moments of ecstatic loftiness while, of course retaining all the Manchester swagger we know and love.” – Esquire

“Their best yet.” – Arena

“These Manchester lads have created what so many bands strive for – their own unique sound. And this, their third album, consolidates it. The huge echoing soundscapes couldn’t possibly be anyone else.” – Glamour

“Some of the most life-affirming music around.” – Elle

“Doves’ third album is their finest yet. Powerful rhythms, spine-tingling guitars, a hard-won sense of achievement – this is music with true emotional heft, the missing link between My Bloody Valentine’s bliss-outs and U2’s stadium rock, and the best album to come from Manchester since Definitely Maybe.” – FT magazine

“Some Cities is an ambitious and atmospheric album. A triumph.” – Heat

“Jimi, Jez and Andy return with what could be their masterpiece. A big, brave and blissfully perfect album that should make Doves superstars. Truly essential.” – What’s On

“Magical and transcendent… completely flawless.” – Treble

“[A] wondrously exhilarating, shimmering pop masterpiece.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Some of the best-sounding modern music available in record stores.” – USA Today

“Truly astounding.” – Details

“More than just re-energized… Doves seem to have undergone a soul transfusion.” – Jane

“Some Cities beams with revivified looseness some of the band’s darkest and prettiest music to date.” – Pitchfork

“Positively euphoric.” – Urb

“Their best overall album yet.” – MSNBC

“On their third full-length, Doves solidify their reputation as masterful composers as well as songwriters.” – CMJ

“Even tracks that start off small and lonesome build to OK Computer arena levels.” – Spin

“A poetic rock masterpiece.” – Sentamentalist

“Immediate and escapist, ephemeral and painstakingly constructed.” – Filter

“Doves didn’t break big on their two earlier records, but I think this one will do it.” – Nic Harcourt/KCRW

“Some Cities brims with confidence… contains choruses more infectious than the bird flu.” – E! Online

“Given the recent rash of interchangeable records from so-so British indiepop bands, it’s a pleasure to hear the textured self-assurance of Some Cities.” – Forbes

“Catchy, creative and daring.” – Decoy Music

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