Review: Doves, ‘Kingdom of Rust’

Doves, ‘Kingdom of Rust’: Aidin Vaziri | Doves emerged around the same time as Coldplay, on the same label and with the same general sense of dorm room scruffiness. But because the Manchester band’s Mercury Prize-winning first album, “Lost Souls,” didn’t contain an obvious hit like “Yellow” and because front man Jimi Goodwin (center in left photo) chose to spend his free time bird-watching instead of courting A-list Hollywood starlets, the two groups have spent the intervening years playing venues of vastly different sizes. It’s not for lack of epic music. “Kingdom of Rust,” Doves’ fourth studio album, is built around the familiar delicate melodies, atmospheric sound effects and air of melancholy. John Leckie, who has produced the Stone Roses and Radiohead, adds his usual glitter to several tracks. But even the album’s best songs, such as “Jetstream” and “Spellbound,” remain fairly indistinct, exceptionally beautiful in the moment but gone once the euphoria passes. The punk-funk oddity “Compulsion,” a lovingly crafted early New Order tribute, is a delight, though, even if it feels like iTunes has unintentionally slipped into shuffle mode.

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