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  • Summary: The Manchester, England band reunites with producer Steve Osborne for their sophomore album, following 2000's 'Lost Souls,' which launched them into stardom in both the U.S. and U.K. "There Goes the Fear" is the lead single.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
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  1. 100
    Doves have delivered, with honesty and affection. All other guitar bands this year will seem like a scratchy sideshow. [Jun 2002, p.110]
  2. This is music designed to fill arenas - possessed of a consistent quality and vision, a head, a heart and soul - that simply leaves the competition trailing in its wake. An utter triumph.
  3. Imagine 'Lost Souls' injected with Prozac and a huge dose of weird guitar noises that give you goosebumps from head to toe. That's 'The Last Broadcast'. It's one of those rare albums that makes sense first thing in the morning but you can still yell along to when your head's exploding.
  4. 80
    Last Broadcast is visceral, pulsing, uplifting, widescreen but has none of the bluster that would tip its forbears into self-parody. [May 2002, p.108]
  5. An album that's full of drama, without the tiresome excess.
  6. Shows a refreshing rawness that was absent before.
  7. They make tremendously consoling music, in an autumnal sort of way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. BenR.
    Aug 20, 2002
    10
    Outstanding, could not fault it in any way, can't understand why this is not sitting proudly at the top of the album charts mind you Outstanding, could not fault it in any way, can't understand why this is not sitting proudly at the top of the album charts mind you sales levels rarely matches quality. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 27, 2002
    10
    this album isn't overproduced like Oasis' be here now. Are you deaf?
  3. OnderO.
    Apr 9, 2008
    10
    This is the best Manchester dark band then joy divisions' lp's.
  4. MacM
    Oct 8, 2002
    10
    Zero competition for album of 2002 so far. Surpasses Lost Souls by a slender mile and is great in every way possible.
  5. LaurenO
    Aug 24, 2005
    10
    This is album is class! It has so many different qualities, it can be haunting, happy, relaxing and rocky. It has a song to fit every emotion This is album is class! It has so many different qualities, it can be haunting, happy, relaxing and rocky. It has a song to fit every emotion and can be a very comforting album when you need it, one of my favourite ever albums! Expand
  6. DavidS.
    Jul 12, 2007
    10
    Brilliant album. As was Lost Souls. There Goes The Fear must be one of the most perfectly crafted songs of the last decade. An album to come Brilliant album. As was Lost Souls. There Goes The Fear must be one of the most perfectly crafted songs of the last decade. An album to come back to time and again. Expand
  7. BenD.
    May 10, 2002
    6
    Horribly overblown and pompus - much like the overproduced "Be Here Now" by Oasis... avoid!

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