Share this page. Tracklistings come from MusicBrainz. You can add or edit information about Some Cities at musicbrainz. Find out more about our use of this data , and also our policy on profanity. Find out more about our use of this data. This is the sound of a band pushing themselves to the limit of their songwriting Dan Tallis This is an album about the transitory nature of life, there's a mistrust of the new and a simple mourning for what's passed. There's a respectful remembrance of what's been been lost, be it physical buildings in Manchester and Liverpool or metaphysical friendships, sense of belonging, love. Album opener "Some Cities" sees the band attempt to come to terms with the changes in their hometowns after returning from a two year tour of the world.
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Some Cities is a turbo charged, sonorous assault; at points crunching and urban, sounding like a midnight high-speed joy ride through the industrial beating heart of their hometown city Manchester. The album, Some Cities could only ever have been born in the North of England and is the sound of a full throttle, Doves band. It's also the sound of the band at their most relaxed and confident, their most driven and fine-tuned. In the three years between this album and its epic-scaled predecessor, The Last Broadcast , Manchester trio Doves were obviously doing something more artistically rewarding than mere touring. It's not that their sense of ambitious scale has waned. It's that it has been refocused inward here toward personal matters and the state of their Northern UK homeland. The title track and thumping, soul-inflected single "Black and White Town" state as much early on.
Some Cities is the third studio album by the British indie rock band Doves. The album was released by Heavenly Recordings on 21 February , and became the band's second consecutive album to top the UK Albums Chart at number 1. Some Cities was conceived as a rawer, stripped-down record, and conceptually touches upon the physical changes of the band's hometown of Manchester , as well as emotional transformations. The album features the band's second-highest charting single, " Black and White Town ", which peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart. After the worldwide success of Doves' second album The Last Broadcast , Jez Williams recalled, in a interview with Under the Radar following the release of the band's compilation album The Places Between: The Best of Doves , that the band decided to take a more "stripped-down" approach to recording Some Cities , which included decamping to rural locations in England , Scotland , and Wales. There's a lot of subject matter on that album dealing with change. Buildings get ripped down and replaced by more generic ones.