Like a rock
joked that Coldplay wasn’t the hardest rock band in the world; they
were more like limestone. But most Coldplay haters wouldn’t point
to the softness of the band’s sound: Martin and Co. excel at
soaring melodies; it’s just that they never return to earth.
There’s little dissonance to challenge or balance them. Therein
lies the strength of Doves: The Manchester group’s anthemic
choruses don’t quite reach the heights of Coldplay’s best, but
the noisy guitars and clashing industrial beats that launch them
skyward make the band even more satisfying. On Doves’ fourth LP,
Kingdom of Rust, the music is more granite than limestone,
continuing 2005 album Some Cities’ move toward cacophonous
beauty. A busy array of guitars, keys and effects all vie for
attention, making those moments when Jimi Goodwin’s vocals leave
orbit feel like an accomplishment instead of an indulgence.