Doves – Lost Souls (2000)

Lost Souls is the debut album by Doves and was recorded over a long period of time. Over the twelve tracks there are some amazing melodies and moments where the music and emotion combine to make some stunning tracks.

“Firesuite” is the album’s instrumental opening track; laid back drums, bass grooves and wobbling tremolo guitar create a dark atmosphere to the album. You can’t help but nod your head along to the grooves and beats. The album continues with the racks “Here it Comes” and “Break me Gentle”, which demonstrates the band’s knack for understated uplifting melodies. “Break me Gently” especially echoes elements of Gomez with the noises, bleeps and guitar lines.

“Melody Calls” takes the band into their indie pop home with lots of jangly guitars and strong harmonies. There is also a feeling of The Beatles and Teenage Fanclub; no bad thing in my book. “Catch the Sun” is probably the album’s stand out track with its emphatic chorus of “Catch the Sun, before it comes”. It is a total main stage festival sing along tune. The Cedar Room is an epic track at seven and half minutes and slightly reminds me of Oasis at times.

For me this is a very strong debut album, but slightly too long. It does lose my attention slightly towards the end. However I would love to see Doves reach the heights of fellow Northerns Elbow. Maybe one day it will happen.

- Steve Jones

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