Two things about this album. If you are not a Doves fan then this will do nothing to change your mind. If you are a Doves fan it will just reinforce how much you love Doves, cause lets face it, if you’re a fan of Doves you love Doves! The album itself is not ground breaking, it’s not a change in direction and it probably won’t make my top 10 albums of the year list when the time comes. But having listened to it on repeat for the past 2 days, it is, as with all Doves album a really fucking good listen. All the usual elements are there and the album could not be anybody but Doves. The bass lead tunes – you know, I’d never noticed before how high in the mix the bass is! Of course this makes perfect sense for a 3 piece, but I had never noticed this fact until now. Anyways, Doves for me are at their best when the tunes are upbeat and at their worst when the tempo drops down. Fortunately, for the most part, this album sees the more up tempo numbers to the fore and title track ‘Kingdom of Rust’ is an exceptionally catchy little number. So yeah, I’m still absorbing this album a little and I guess I will for some time, but it’s definitely put me in the right frame of mind for going to see them later this month. Anything to see the Cedar Room live! If you like Doves, buy this album, you won’t be disappointed. If you don’t like Doves, don’t buy this album, it won’t change your mind. If you’re not sure about Doves I’d start elsewhere and build up to this one. And that sums it up quite nicely.
TSP Grade = C+