Doves – The Sulphur Man


If only Doves had kept up the quality that they had fashioned on their first 2 albums. We’d be talking about one of the biggest bands in the world I fancy, sorta Elbowesque, with anthems aplenty but with enough morose reality to keep the anti-Coldplay brigade onside. ‘Lost Souls’ and ‘The Last Broadcast’ were in essence faultless records with songs that revealed umpteen layers of delights on repeated listens. Even unheralded tracks like the Sulphur Man packed a mighty punch. With a grandiose and sweeping entrance it contains all the pieces that made Doves such a potent force. Jimi Goodwin offered vocals that are 2 parts euphoria and 1 part melancholy and this mix informs the instrumentation which lollops through a rollercoaster of emotions. Fragility on this level is usually the domain of cinema but Doves colour a scene with their vibrant brushstrokes. KD

Doves – The Sulphur Man

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Year: 2002

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