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  • Summary: The fourth album for the British rock band was co-produced with Dan Austin and John Leckie.
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. Even if the album loses its way with its final two tracks, you are left so exhausted by this stage that it almost comes with a sense of relief. By reinventing what they do best, Doves have fearlessly strutted back onto everyone's radar.
  3. A certain confidence is all over Kingdom of Rust. Not the brash, cocksure swagger of a debut album, but the quiet conviction that comes with experience. It sounds like another victory for maturity.
  4. Whatever way you look at Kingdom Of Rust it’s a magnificent rock record, one which will delight the faithful and also surely see them pick up new devotees.
  5. Doves' fourth album is another sterling example of why the Doves should be household names and why they probably won't ever be: their unwavering flair for producing mountainous, Wembley-worthy pop anthems that are nonetheless invested with a palpable degree of grace and humility.
  6. 70
    It's familiar, sure, but Kingdom of Rust has a welcome warmth.
  7. For the most part though, it adds little to a genre that’s already saturated and is disappointing from a band whose past evidence has shown can do better.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    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 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. Expand

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