Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Kingdom Of Rust is a triumph, and the best album the band have ever produced.
  2. Listeners feeling nostalgic for early ’00s will likely find a lot to like about Kingdom Of Rust, with its skipping rhythms, chiming guitars, wobbly sheets of synthesizer, and the throaty, eyes-screwed-shut yelp of frontman Jimi Goodwin. And even those who think Doves peaked with 2002’s sprawling The Last Broadcast should appreciate the new album’s sonic depth.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    7
    Reading other reviews on the day looks like I'm at odds with everyone else but here it goes....While it's not a bad album in general termsReading other reviews on the day looks like I'm at odds with everyone else but here it goes....While it's not a bad album in general terms it's probably one of this bands poorest albums and a disappointment after Some Cities. It's a bit "more of the same" here without any of the memorable moments that were on their last couple of albums. Full Review »
  2. Nick
    Jun 26, 2009
    8
    Doves have not wasted their time making Kingdom Of Rust, and I haven't wasted my time listening to it.
  3. KaiserZ
    May 29, 2009
    6
    Glimpses of something more that didn't pan out is what this albumn feels like to me. Mixed in with a lot of "familiar" melodies is a Glimpses of something more that didn't pan out is what this albumn feels like to me. Mixed in with a lot of "familiar" melodies is a couple rewarding moments but it feels more like I've been on this path before. Jetstream is a mess of a song and Compulsion is so Blondie-esque that it's distracting. Most of the albumn lacks the percussion pop of older Doves and mellows out in areas instead of cranking it up. 10:03 and Outsiders inject some life in a Moody Blues stream of songs that don't go fast enough but at least don't drag. A hazy albumn for reflection--not inspiration. Full Review »