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Kingdom of Rust is the fourth studio album from Manchestermarker-based indie rock band Doves. The album was released on in the UK via Heavenly Records, and in the US via Astralwerks Records. Both Heavenly and Astralwerks issued the album on double heavyweight 12" vinyl (with the US pressing following two weeks after the CD release). A CD/DVD release of Kingdom of Rust, originally announced when promotion started for the album, was pulled by the label three weeks prior to the album's release. The album follows a four-year gap between their last album Some Cities in 2005. Kingdom of Rust entered the UK Albums Chart at #2.

The album was preceded by first single "Kingdom of Rust" on March 30th. Doves also offered the album's lead track "Jetstream" as a free download on their website, starting from January 28, 2009. Regarding "Jetstream," the band mentioned being fans of the Vangelis score to Blade Runner, and wrote the song as "an imaginary song for the closing credits on Ridley Scott's classic." The German band Kraftwerk was another stated influence for "Jetstream." In an interview with the NME, the band said "House of Mirrors" is "about your past haunting you." A documentary on the making of the album (produced by Soup Collective and directed by long-time Doves collaborator Matthew Norman), as well as a track-by-track discussion with Jimi and Andy, premiered exclusively on the official NME website in mid April 2009 ( link).

According to a post on the band's official blog, the band recorded the album in a converted farmhouse barn in Cheshiremarker, Englandmarker. Producer John Leckie (Radiohead, The Stone Roses, The Fall) was set to co-produce the entire album with the band, but was unable due to previous commitments. Instead, Leckie produced two tracks from the album--"Winter Hill" and "10:03" (as well as the B-side "Push Me On")--and the band worked with Dan Austin (producer of Cherry Ghost's Thirst for Romance album; programmer for Massive Attack) on the remaining nine songs. Tom Rowlands of the electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers also provided the song arrangement for "10:03."

In promotion for the album, Doves appeared on Later... with Jools Holland on 14 April 2009, performing "Kingdom of Rust," "Winter Hill," and "10:03." They later appeared on the American late-night talk shows Last Call with Carson Daly on 28 May 2009, which featured a pre-recorded video of the band performing "Kingdom of Rust" live at the Wiltern Theatremarker in Los Angelesmarker on 16 May 2009 ( link), and then on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on 5 June 2009, performing "The Outsiders."

The album is dedicated to Jimi Goodwin's father, Francis James Goodwin, who died on 23 December 2008.

Critical reception

Kingdom of Rust was met with positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 77, based on 22 reviews. Both The Independent and Digital Spy awarded the album 5 out of 5 stars, Gigwise gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and noted that the album is "the most daring album of Doves' career to date", and The Observer noted in a glowing review that "Previous albums never quite lived up to the band's facility for knockout singles, but this one holds the attention. There's a dreamy, addictive sadness to proceedings, their customary gruff melancholy now inflated to match the panoramic setting."

Track listing

All songs written by Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin, and Andy Williams.

  1. "Jetstream" – 5:30
  2. "Kingdom of Rust" – 5:11
  3. "The Outsiders" – 3:28
  4. "Winter Hill" – 5:18
  5. "10:03" – 4:04
  6. "The Greatest Denier" – 3:59
  7. "Birds Flew Backwards" – 2:51
  8. "Spellbound" – 5:39
  9. "Compulsion" – 5:14
  10. "House of Mirrors" – 4:20
  11. "Lifelines" – 4:26


iTunes-only bonus tracks
  1. "Ship of Fools" – 4:29
  2. "The Last Son" – 4:49


Japan bonus track
  1. "Push Me On" – 3:55


Release history

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
Germany April 3, 2009 EMI CD 5099969313424
United Kingdom April 6, 2009 Heavenly Records/Virgin Records CD HVNLP67CD
Double LP (heavyweight vinyl; gatefold sleeve) HVNLP67
Digital download (two bonus tracks) iTunes exclusive
United States April 7, 2009 Astralwerks Records CD 5099969313424 (ASW 93134)
Digital download (two bonus tracks) iTunes exclusive
April 21, 2009 Heavenly Records/Virgin Records Double LP (heavyweight vinyl; gatefold sleeve) HVNLP67/ASW 96959 (same as UK pressing)
Japan April 22, 2009 Toshiba-EMI CD (one bonus track) TOCP-66879


Charts

Chart (2009) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 2
Irish Albums Chart 8
Australian Albums Chart 34
Belgian Albums Chart 72
Canadian Albums Chart 79
US Billboard 200 89


Instrumentals of Rust

On , instrumental versions of all 11 tracks on the album were released as Instrumentals of Rust, exclusively to digital download outlets worldwide.

Track listing

  1. "Jetstream" (Instrumental) – 5:32
  2. "Kingdom of Rust" (Instrumental) – 5:13
  3. "The Outsiders" (Instrumental) – 3:29
  4. "Winter Hill" (Instrumental) – 5:20
  5. "10:03" (Instrumental) – 4:05
  6. "The Greatest Denier" (Instrumental) – 3:59
  7. "Birds Flew Backwards" (Instrumental) – 2:54
  8. "Spellbound" (Instrumental) – 5:42
  9. "Compulsion" (Instrumental) – 5:16
  10. "House of Mirrors" (Instrumental) – 4:18
  11. "Lifelines" (Instrumental) – 4:25


Release history

Country Date Label Format
Europe June 15, 2009 Heavenly Records Digital download
North America June 16, 2009 EMI


Credits

  • All songs written by Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin, and Andy Williams.
  • All instruments played by Doves except where stated.
  • Produced by Doves and Dan Austin, except:
    • "Winter Hill" and "10:03" produced by John Leckie and Doves.
  • Engineered by Dan Austin, except:
    • "Winter Hill" and "10:03" engineered by Adam Whittaker and Dan Austin.
  1. "Jetstream"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  2. "Kingdom of Rust"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III and Green Gates, Eyammarker.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
    • Piano – Martin Rebelski.
    • Violin 1 – Belinda Hammond.
    • Violin 2 – Oliver Morris.
    • Viola – Alexandra Fletcher.
    • Cello – Elinor Gow.
  3. "The Outsiders"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  4. "Winter Hill"
    • Recorded at Rockfield Studios and Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  5. "10:03"
    • Recorded at Rockfield Studios and Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Dan Austin and Jez Williams at Frank Bough Sound III and Modern World Studios.
    • Arranged by Tom Rowlands.
    • Piano – Martin Rebelski.
  6. "The Greatest Denier"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  7. "Birds Flew Backwards"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Dan Austin and Doves at Modern World Studios.
    • Mix assistant – Zac Froud.
    • Dilruba – Baluji Shrivastav.
    • Violin 1 – Belinda Hammond.
    • Violin 2 – Oliver Morris.
    • Viola – Alexandra Fletcher.
    • Cello – Elinor Gow.
  8. "Spellbound"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  9. "Compulsion"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  10. "House of Mirrors"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Dan Austin and Jez Williams at Frank Bough Sound III and Modern World Studios.
    • Mix assistant – Zac Froud.
    • Piano – Martin Rebelski.
  11. "Lifelines"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III and Moolah Rouge, Stockportmarker.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
    • Piano – Martin Rebelski.
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Mainemarker.
  • Sleeve design by Rick Myers; shot on location at Northlandz, Flemington, New Jerseymarker.
  • Band photo by Deirdre O'Callaghan.
  • For Francis James Goodwin (9 May 1943 – 23 December 2008).


External links



References

  1. Doves - Home Page
  2. Doves Kingdom Of Rust Album Details Revealed - AngryApe.com
  3. New Doves - "Jetstream" - Stereogum
  4. Doves Releasing "Kingdom of Rust" - Glide Magazine
  5. Doves - Blogs (September 27, 2007)
  6. Buzzine >> Doves Announce Spring Tour
  7. DOVES MUSIC BLOG ::: KINGDOM OF RUST: Archive: Doves on Later Live ("Kingdom of Rust" and "Winter Hill")
  8. DOVES MUSIC BLOG ::: KINGDOM OF RUST: Archive: Doves on Later With Jools Holland ("10:03")
  9. DOVES MUSIC BLOG ::: KINGDOM OF RUST: Last Call with Carson Daly
  10. DOVES MUSIC BLOG ::: KINGDOM OF RUST: Jimmy Fallon
  11. According to the last page of the album's booklet; Doves Forum/Discussion
  12. Doves: Kingdom Of Rust (2009): Reviews - Metacritic
  13. link Music - Album Review - Doves: 'Kingdom of Rust' - Digital Spy
  14. Album: Doves, Kingdom of Rust (Heavenly) - Reviews, Music - The Independent
  15. Doves - 'Kingdom of Rust' (Heavenly Records) Released 06/04/09 - GIGWISE
  16. Rock review: Doves, Kingdom of Rust | Music | The Observer
  17. Amazon.com: Instrumentals of Rust: MP3 Downloads: Doves



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