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The Last Broadcast

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If there was one album set to be bought in numbers by the early-30s male demographic then Doves's latest album would surely be it. 'The Last Broadcast' is a canny consolidation of 2000's deservedly praised 'Lost Souls'. It begins superbly with 'Words', a song that that recaptures the euphoria of turn-of-the-90s indie rock and to top that comes 'There Goes The Fear' a UK Top 3 hit that cleverly begins in an unassuming style, gradually gathering momentum until it reveals itself to be a grandstand epic (although what the trio were thinking of by ending it with what sounds like a Casio pre-programmed Latin backing track is anyone's guess). To follow such an impressive beginning is bound to be difficult and sure enough nothing quite matches it. 'Satellites' demonstrates the new, slightly happier Doves sound, employing a gospel choir to provide the finale but somehow it doesn't quite convince as much as 'Friday's Dust', a much more downbeat track which suits the group's penchant for darkly euphoric music so much better. 'Pounding', the next single to be released is as tubthumpingly good as the title suggests and 'The Sulphur Man' features Jimi Goodwin's vocal at its most yearning. Slightly disappointingly, the album does seem to lack a 'Sea Song' or a 'Rise' and a few of the these tracks sound a tad jaded. However, 'The Last Broadcast' is still strong enough to be one of the best albums of the year in its genre.
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  Track Listing
01 Intro
02 Words
Standout Track There Goes The Fear
04 M62 Song
05 Where We're Calling From
06 N.Y.
07 Satellites
08 Friday's Dust
09 Pounding
10 Last Broadcast
11 The Sulphur Man
12 Caught By The River

Standout Track = Standout Track

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Coldplay - Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, X&Y
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Elbow - Asleep In The Back, Cast Of Thousands, Leaders Of The Free World
Hours, The - Narcissus Road
Leaves - Breathe, The Angela Test
Manic Street Preachers - Lifeblood
Open, The - The Silent Hours, Statues
Puressence - Planet Helpless
Six By Seven - 04
South - With The Tides
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