Friday, December 25, 2009

Albums Of The Decade : 13 - Doves - The Last Broadcast (2002)

The Last Broadcast saw Mancunians Doves follow up the muted atmospherics of debut album Lost Souls with a more anthemic, expansive sound, although the cinematic qualities of their music remained. It's a stunningly ambitious work, summed up by the extraordinary 'Sulphur Man', a mini-symphony with an anti-drugs message. Elsewhere, there's the soaring, aptly-named anthem 'Pounding', the gospel-influenced 'Satellites', the windswept atmospherics of 'Friday's Dust' and the savage riffing of 'N.Y.'. It marked a peak that they've only sporadically looked like matching since.

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