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"Firesuite" opens the album in a unique way -- a chaotic rumble that turns into midtempo pop, dissolves into eerie sound effects, and then turns into a shudderingly epic rock song. On that note, the Doves dive into the heady rock of "Here It Comes" and the acoustically-based ballad "Man Who Told Everything." Other songs chart more twisted territory -- "Break Me Gently" is a mournful, grey-toned psychedelic head trip.
It's a rarity to find an album with no filler at all -- the closest thing "Lost Souls" has is "Reprise." It's even rarer to find an album than can do just about any kind of Brit-rock -- the Doves demonstrate power pop, shades of hard rock, and large doses of psychedelica. What's more, they often weave them all together at once.
The music is so seamless and smooth that it's a bit of a shock to see all that was involved in making it. The instrumentation is pretty standard: mellow acoustic guitar, some backing electric guitars, roiling basslines and solid drums. Then the brooding music is wrapped up in a few sound samples and windy-sounding programming. It sounds simple, but the results are mind-bendingly.
Vocalist/guitarist Jimi Goodwin has a great voice for this music -- his vocals actually manage to be the centerpiece of the music. He sounds strong and a bit depressed, as he sings about escaping from his life, burning houses and the loss of a love.Read more ›
I love this disk. Here's why:
1. It's really long. I'm tired of CD's only half full. With LOST SOULS, you get what you pay for. If you don't warm up quickly to one track, you will certainly find another you like among the 15 tunes here. The kind of disk you hear once and think, "I bet I'm going to like this a lot..." Then after 7 or 8 plays on the Car Stereo, you are in love.
2. I sense an underlying theme. Too many groups today toss together whatever they have been collecting for the past years. Perhaps that's true for DOVES, but if so, they hid it well.
3. The music is full-bodied, well produced. No Miller Lite here. At times, simple, but always rich. From a guitar and piano to the sounds of a full orchestra. You get it here.
4. Some songs: a. FIRESUITE sets the stage...tells you what's on the way. I thought I was hearing a Pink Floyd disk at first. 95% instrmental, Firesuite has some unintelligible lyrics in the backgound. Sort of "Enigma"-tic
b. HERE IT COMES starts out with some beautiful background piano, then moves toward a whining organ from any rock band of the 60's. Liner notes include a credit to Velvet Underground. Perhaps their influence was present here. But in the end this song reminded me more if "Morrisey" or "The Smiths."
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Doves are one of my favorite bands and this is one of my favorite albums of theirs. The entire set is worth listening to many times and it is beautifully produced. Read morePublished 6 months ago by animalsrush
Great. Doves are one of the unsung bands around. All of their albums are well crafted with great songs and musicianship. This one is no different.Published 9 months ago by Darryl H.
This is the classis debut project from one of the most underated bands ever. At times ethereal and dark (A house) and at times upbeat and bright (Catch the sun). Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by C. J. Wynne
Loved it from beginning to end. Perfect for fans of classic psychedelic rock. Into early Pink Floyd? You'll love this!Published on June 13, 2012 by Thinkbolt
I first downloaded this album for free when Napster was still around during my freshman year of college after I had heard "catch the sun" on MTVII when that was all about music... Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by altdrsmoothop
i purchased this album when it was originally released on a whim and isn't it great when you find a diamond in the rough. i can't escape it. it's a soundtrack that comes to you. Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by Susie Ruiz
There's something uniquely mesmerizing about this CD. It's a very moody disc, atmospheric, brooding, and truly wonderful. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Mogulmeister
I bought this after hearing "There Goes the Fear" on the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack. That song is awesome, but it's not what you will hear on this album. Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by K. Higgins
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