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Lost Souls

USM/Virgin EMI

Jul 01, 2019 Doves Bookmark and Share

When Doves announced their return at the tail end of 2018 after nearly 10 years away the collective sighs of relief reverberated far and wide. While the crossover period between the late 1990s and early 2000s has become a much-maligned vacuum that gave far too much airtime to nu metal and Coldplay, Doves were one act that unabatedly broke the mould.

Hailing from the leafier suburbs of Manchester, their time spent in the ‘90s rave scene served them well. Indeed, were it not for those formative years as Sub Sub, their sonic evolution into one of the 21st Century’s most progressive guitar bands may never have happened.

Having morphed into Doves by 1998 and put out their first EP the following year, it was clear by the time third single “The Cedar Room” was unleashed on an unsuspecting audience the trio—Jimi Goodwin along with siblings Andy and Jez Williams—were onto something special. So when their debut album Lost Souls arrived in all its glory the following month their metamorphosis was complete.

Now their first three albums are getting reissued on two-disc colored vinyl. Elements of cinematic shoegaze, winsome folk and even the occasional foray into jazz territory dominate Lost Souls, which has admirably stood the test of time some 19 years later. (

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July 2nd 2019

Their debut EP (Cedar) was released in 1998, not the following year.