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  • Summary: Ben Hiller (Elbow, Blur) produced the Manchester band's follow-up to 'The Last Broadcast.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. 100
    Confirms Doves as the country's most innovative rock group. [Mar 2005, p.94]
  2. A crowning achievement. [#9]
  3. Some Cities is easily their best since Lost Souls, and while repeated listens won't likely reveal it better than their debut, it's often equally as hypnotizing.
  4. 75
    Like Coldplay killing time with the Happy Mondays at Manchester's Hacienda club. [Mar 2005, p.92]
  5. As has always been the case with Doves, aural environment-building sometimes seems to be all the band has going for it, like on "Someday Soon," which uses sudden dramatic hushes and angelic choirs to pump life into a ballad that's practically melody-free. But at least the practice helps Doves make its few great songs count.
  6. Like most of the cities Doves sing about, these songs are grey, drizzly, often unpleasant, and more often than not... very, very dull.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 51
  2. Negative: 4 out of 51
  1. [Anonymous]
    Mar 9, 2005
    11 masterpieces = a masterpiece record That's an easy review
  2. SimonH
    Apr 26, 2005
    Amazing! No more no less.
  3. SeanH
    Aug 18, 2006
    Sing Jimmi..Sing! Blow your lungs out! Very nice piece of work!
  4. ColR
    Mar 3, 2005
    Doves are the greatest post brit-pop indie band to come out of Manchester. This album is as consistently great as the previous two. Any critic who doesn't praise this awesome aural treat doesn't know music. Expand
  5. matta
    Sep 9, 2005
    I really don't understand the poor reviews. While still not as good as Lost Souls, this album is just as strong as Last Broadcast. The first five songs are classic and the rest is pretty solid as well with just a few slightly weak spots. So far, it's in my top twenty of the year, and it gets better with each listen. Expand
  6. Decepticon_Pom
    Mar 2, 2005
    It's like someone took all the best bits from your favourite Doves songs and put them all together in a whole new Dovetacular order. And Black & White Town is one of the most infectiously wondrous comeback singles in recent years by anyone! Expand
  7. TomR
    Apr 9, 2005
    Rubbish. Flat. Off-pitch. Stolen. Van Gogh would cut off his other ear.

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