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Some Cities

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For those who adored the lush textures of Doves' second album, The Last Broadcast, the seriousness of Some Cities might be a bit jarring. The ambitious indie rock trio is much more direct and exact this time out, and it's a great shift in style. In contrast to this opus, optimism ruled on The Last Broadcast, which soared with a majestic celestial setting of bright choruses, vibrant electronic beats, and gushing guitar riffs. Some Cities percolates with more of a hopeful but grounded spirit, an English spirit. The band's native Manchester comes into view. Shades of ash and cinder surround Doves' guitar flow, but without melancholy. The album's title track captures that with vocalist/guitarist Jimi Goodwin's earnest plea, "Some cities crush/Some cities heal/Some cities laugh/While other cities steal/Can't I make you see?" Pianos and drums run parallel on "Black and White Town" and match the adrenaline and motion of "There Goes the Fear." Only two songs in, the band's soft dreamy focus turns into complex emotion, and it's beautifully done. Both the sweeping acoustic guitars of "Someday Soon" and the symphonic lament "The Storm" continue the cinematic slow burn of Some Cities, reflecting upon a cloudy countryside. Escaping the dreariness of Manchester is what fueled Doves to start a band in the first place. Some Cities isn't a Mancunian downer. It's very real and Doves' best yet.
© MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo

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1
Some Cities (Rich Costey Mix)
00:03:22

Andrew Williams, Drums, Vocals, Harmonica, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - ANDY WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - Jimi Goodwin, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Samples, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Jez Williams, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Programmer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

2
Black And White Town
00:04:15

Andrew Williams, Drums, Vocals, Harmonica, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Hillier, Producer - ANDY WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - Jimi Goodwin, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Samples, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Jez Williams, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Programmer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

3
Almost Forgot Myself
00:04:42

Andrew Williams, Drums, Vocals, Harmonica, Samples, AssociatedPerformer - ANDY WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - Jimi Goodwin, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Samples, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist, Bass (Vocal) - Jez Williams, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Programmer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

4
Snowden
00:04:12

Richard Morris, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - John Metcalfe, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Hillier, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Glockenspiel, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, String Arranger, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ANDY WILLIAMS, Composer, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sally Herbert, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Barr, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Shaw, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jimi Goodwin, Composer, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jez Williams, Composer, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gillon Cameron, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Vince Greene, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Wilkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Reiad Chibah, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hussey, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Wright, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Giddey, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Frances Dewer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Fish, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Claire O'Connell, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Millennia Strings, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Helena Wood, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

5
The Storm
00:04:52

Richard Morris, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - John Metcalfe, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Hillier, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Percussion, Piano, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Worsey, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Burdge, String Arranger, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Everton Nelson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ryuichi Sakamoto, ComposerLyricist - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ANDY WILLIAMS, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sally Herbert, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Barr, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Shaw, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jimi Goodwin, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jez Williams, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gillon Cameron, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Vince Greene, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Lucy Wilkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Reiad Chibah, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hussey, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Andrea Wright, Sound Effects, Asst. Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Giddey, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Frances Dewer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Fish, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Claire O'Connell, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Millennia Strings, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Helena Wood, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

6
Walk In Fire (Rich Costey Mix)
00:05:33

Richard Morris, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Hillier, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ANDY WILLIAMS, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimi Goodwin, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jez Williams, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doves, Producer, MainArtist - Andrea Wright, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Janet Remus, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

7
One Of These Days
00:04:50

Richard Morris, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Hillier, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ANDY WILLIAMS, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimi Goodwin, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jez Williams, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Andrea Wright, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Austin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

8
Someday Soon
00:04:08

Richard Morris, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Hillier, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ANDY WILLIAMS, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimi Goodwin, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jez Williams, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Andrea Wright, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

9
Shadows Of Salford
00:02:44

Richard Morris, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Hillier, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ANDY WILLIAMS, Piano, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimi Goodwin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jez Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

10
Sky Starts Falling
00:04:11

Richard Morris, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Hillier, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ANDY WILLIAMS, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimi Goodwin, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jez Williams, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Andrea Wright, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

11
Ambition
00:03:59

Richard Morris, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Hillier, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel - Bunt Stafford-Clark, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ANDY WILLIAMS, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimi Goodwin, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jez Williams, Electric Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doves, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2005 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2005 Virgin Records Limited

Album Description

For those who adored the lush textures of Doves' second album, The Last Broadcast, the seriousness of Some Cities might be a bit jarring. The ambitious indie rock trio is much more direct and exact this time out, and it's a great shift in style. In contrast to this opus, optimism ruled on The Last Broadcast, which soared with a majestic celestial setting of bright choruses, vibrant electronic beats, and gushing guitar riffs. Some Cities percolates with more of a hopeful but grounded spirit, an English spirit. The band's native Manchester comes into view. Shades of ash and cinder surround Doves' guitar flow, but without melancholy. The album's title track captures that with vocalist/guitarist Jimi Goodwin's earnest plea, "Some cities crush/Some cities heal/Some cities laugh/While other cities steal/Can't I make you see?" Pianos and drums run parallel on "Black and White Town" and match the adrenaline and motion of "There Goes the Fear." Only two songs in, the band's soft dreamy focus turns into complex emotion, and it's beautifully done. Both the sweeping acoustic guitars of "Someday Soon" and the symphonic lament "The Storm" continue the cinematic slow burn of Some Cities, reflecting upon a cloudy countryside. Escaping the dreariness of Manchester is what fueled Doves to start a band in the first place. Some Cities isn't a Mancunian downer. It's very real and Doves' best yet.
© MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo

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