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Rock - Released January 1, 2002 | Heavenly

When Doves issued Lost Souls in fall 2000, Britpop was immersed in its melodic gloom-and-doom era, ushered in by the success of Radiohead. The likes of Coldplay, Travis, Elbow, and Starsailor followed in their wake, as did Doves. What separated Doves from the rest was a glint of passion, evident on their 2000 debut, Lost Souls. Two years later, the atmospheric dreamscapes of Lost Souls were torn asunder for the musical daybreak of The Last Broadcast. As it turns out, the psychedelic vibrancy of "Catch the Sun," the brightest track on the album, pointed toward this brave second record. Gone are the hazy space rock trips and the cheerless attitudes; Doves are on the sunny side of the street for The Last Broadcast. The seven-minute sonic boom of "There Goes the Fear" finds Jimi Goodwin sharing vocals with Jez and Andy Williams for a glorious chorus. Each of them switches up vocal duties throughout, lending a joyous feel to the album itself. From the bold front of "Words" to the fiery momentum of "Pounding," The Last Broadcast shows a refreshing rawness that was absent before. The High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan delivers sweeping orchestral arrangements for the sublime "Friday's Dust," while the electronic dewdrops of "The Sulphur Man" push Doves' divine ambience further to the front.Doves were caught up in making grand compositions on Lost Souls, which worked fabulously, but it was too much. They've stripped down to the basics, letting the optimism of The Last Broadcast take center stage. It's a brilliant moment. © MacKenzie Wilson /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 2012 | Heavenly

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Pop - Released January 1, 2010 | Virgin Records

For a brief period, Doves ruled the roost when it came to 21st century Brit-pop. Their music connected the dots between OK Computer-era Radiohead, Coldplay, and U2, a welcome combination for those unwilling to forgive U2's Pop or follow Radiohead down their Kid A rabbit hole. As a result, Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast both went platinum in the U.K., spawning no less than six Top 40 singles in the process. Those two albums dominate The Places Between, a greatest-hits compilation that focuses on the band’s glory days. To their credit, Doves have yet to release a dud of a record -- even the band’s lowest-selling album, Kingdom of Rust, went gold -- and they’ve collected their strongest material here, meaning the records that didn’t sell as well are still represented by strong, melodic tracks. “Andalucia,” the compilation’s only new track, holds its own against 14 established hits, a sign that Doves aren’t quite done with their reign of the U.K. charts. [For the true Doves fanatic, The Places Between was also released in a triple-disc package, including a bonus disc of rare recordings and a DVD featuring the band’s music videos.] © Andrew Leahey /TiVo
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Pop - Released January 1, 2010 | Virgin Records

For a brief period, Doves ruled the roost when it came to 21st century Brit-pop. Their music connected the dots between OK Computer-era Radiohead, Coldplay, and U2, a welcome combination for those unwilling to forgive U2's Pop or follow Radiohead down their Kid A rabbit hole. As a result, Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast both went platinum in the U.K., spawning no less than six Top 40 singles in the process. Those two albums dominate The Places Between, a greatest-hits compilation that focuses on the band’s glory days. To their credit, Doves have yet to release a dud of a record -- even the band’s lowest-selling album, Kingdom of Rust, went gold -- and they’ve collected their strongest material here, meaning the records that didn’t sell as well are still represented by strong, melodic tracks. “Andalucia,” the compilation’s only new track, holds its own against 14 established hits, a sign that Doves aren’t quite done with their reign of the U.K. charts. [For the true Doves fanatic, The Places Between was also released in a triple-disc package, including a bonus disc of rare recordings and a DVD featuring the band’s music videos.] © Andrew Leahey /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 2008 | Heavenly

Released as a promotional vehicle for Lost Souls by Heavenly in a run of only 1,250 copies, Lost Sides collects 12 songs that didn't make it onto Doves' debut album. All of the songs on the collection would see release across the various singles extracted from Lost Souls. Unlike many a Brit-pop B-side collection, Lost Sides doesn't really work that well as a cohesive whole. Some of the songs are variations on album cuts, others kind of meander in stifled or dated grooves, and two or three tracks are obvious throwaways. But enough charm peaks out of the corners to elevate a number of the songs and make Lost Sides or the singles worthwhile. The bombastic anthemic rock of "Darker" sees Doves at their most aggressive, experimenting with vibes reminiscent of Talk Talk. These vibes continue on "Meet Me at the Pier," as edgy guitar jabs contrast most pleasantly with Jimi Goodwin's sweet humming. "Valley" and "Your Shadow Lay Across My Life" both would have been fine fits on Lost Souls, as both songs feature the band's trademark swirling bombast and strong melodies. Perhaps best of all, and not really indicative of the band's usual sonic territory, is "Acoustic No. 1," which features dynamic chugging acoustic guitars that simply and delightfully embed themselves into one's brain for the remainder of the day. Lost Sides certainly isn't essential listening for casual fans, and even hardcore fans won't be that impressed, since nothing to be found here represents the band at the top of its game. But the collection is pleasant enough while it lasts. © Tim DiGravina /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 2009 | Heavenly