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Doves

  • Lost Souls [Astralwerks, 2000] Dud
  • The Last Broadcast [Capitol, 2002] B-
  • Some Cities [Capitol, 2005] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Lost Souls [Astralwerks, 2000] Dud

The Last Broadcast [Capitol, 2002]
I don't have the stomach to go check my Toto and Journey records; in fact, I don't have my Toto and Journey records. But the burden of proof is on the perp. Technically proficient, melodically resourceful, sonically up-to-date--Toto and Journey were all that. They also rocked moderato and sang as if thoughtfully plumbing their Caucasian feelings. Admittedly, the Brits' squarer sense of form boxes their corn up more discreetly, and their reassuring lyrical generalizations address matters of the spirit more than affairs of the heart. Also, they're not yet huge here, which means so much to young people seeking identities they don't have to share like Legos, although older people pining for their pop youth would just as soon they turn into the Beatles (sigh). Nevertheless, this is as vapid as it is expert, and if it ever does get huge here, a lot of slightly older people are going to wonder what they were thinking. B-

Some Cities [Capitol, 2005]
Battling banal balefulness, they cop from "Heat Wave" and warm up ("Black and White Town," "Some Cities"). *