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The Universal Want

Doves

The Universal Want

Fifth album and first in eleven years from the Manchester rock trio produced with Dan Austin

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
Virgin
UK Release date
11/09/2020
US Release date
11/09/2020
  1. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Atmospheric return is an anthem to better times
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  2. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    The Universal Want fires on all cylinders and does not disappoint. Music has the ability to express so many emotions at once, this does that and then some – The Northern souls are bac
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  3. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    ‘The Universal Want’ gestures back to the outfit’s broad, yet intimate sound, that’s rooted in atmospheric rock and dance music, but it’s unmistakably fresh; it’s not so much that it feels like Doves have never been away, they’ve evolved, and they’re reinvigorated
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  4. 9.0 |   Uncut

    The message is clear: Doves' hedonistic past is largely behind them, but it informs everything they do. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Q

    With The Universal Want Doves are in the right place, the right time. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Regular producer Dan Austin teases atmosphere, buries mysterious sampled speech and navigates the piano-led title track back into Hacienda territory. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    While Doves often seem steeped in traditional songcraft, they’re also masters of carefully crafted track assembly
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  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    The Universal Want is a most welcome return from an important band given a well-deserved respite
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The kings of catchy melancholia are back after a decade away – and their tried and tested blueprint has lost none of its magic
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Like ’em or not, there are very few bands like Doves – and even fewer capable of comebacks as impressive as this one
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    The Manchester trio, once thought lost to the big band retirement home in the sky, bring thumping fairground anthems, an ode to Bowie and words of hope
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  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    An undeniable win, the outcome of Doves’ return to the studio is more than worth the paper it is written on. A long-awaited treat, it deserves a warm welcome
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    After 30-odd years, you could forgive a band for taking the easier path into complacency. But Doves have taken a different – better – road
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  14. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    After a decade away, Doves return with a relit fire and an essential sound
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  15. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Mournfulness can provide comfort at a time like this, especially when presented with the kind of sincerity, wisdom, and songwriting skill that Doves haven't lost in their time away
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  16. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The trio's new songs ponder the passage of time and the impermanence of everything
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  17. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Definitely won’t win awards for being the most experimental or complex, but may just win the hearts of those who need it the most right now
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  18. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    The Britrock survivors’ first album in 11 years is the sound of men in their 50s channeling the memories of their teens through the music of their 30s
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