Upon first popping The Last Broadcast into the CD
player, I have to admit to being a bit disappointed. Nowhere
evident was the angst and nowhere heard was the density of
pain which played so heavily into the beauty of the first
Doves album Lost Souls.
Instead what I heard was a pop song.
This was Words. Thinking to save myself from
the unexpected light-heartedness, I forwarded to the next
song, thinking any song called There Goes the Fear
would have to be some dark, suffering anthem. Again I was
treated to beats and melodies that seemed more befitting to
a Stone Roses song than to The Doves.
As the album progressed I realized that I wasnt going
to get the lost, sad adolescent from Lost Souls, but
was instead going to be listening to a happier young man who
finally figured out some of the meaning in life.
Now this isnt to say that the album is all upbeat.
There are two instrumentals on the album - Intro
and Where Were Calling From - which are
decidedly slower and dramatic, and as one delves into the
later tracks, several are found to be more along the line
of Lost Souls on a musical level.
The biggest surprise on The Last Broadcast are the
decisively more lifting lyrics. Gone is the solitary introspection
and depression so blatant in songs like Catch the Sun
(Catch the sun, before it's gone/Here it comes, up in smoke
and gone). Instead, we are told in Satellites
by Jimi Goodwin and a gospel chorus to hold on,
and in Words we are regaled with a rewritten sticks
and stones may break my bones: Words they mean nothing/So
you cant hurt me/Words they mean nothing/So you cant
Goodwins voice is still plaintive and aching, and The
Doves still leave you feeling a little melancholy. But it
also leaves you feeling as though maybe youve learned
a lesson with these guys: maybe next time youre not
going to make the same mistakes, maybe next time youre
going to make the right choices.
As I listened to The Last Broadcast more and more,
I realized I liked this new guy. Maybe I cant sit around
the house and mope with him, but I know I can call him when
Im ready to stop crying and hell take me out for
- There Goes the Fear
- M62 Song
- Where Were Calling From
- Fridays Dust
- Last Broadcast
- The Sulphur Man
- Caught By the River
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