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Doves slow to get the show off the ground; THE DOVES Glasgow Barrowland, May 1.

Byline: Gordon Waddell

BOTH Doves' albums have been slow burners that grow on you over time - their live show was exactly the same.

The Manchester trio, led by Jimi Goodwin, came out of the blocks with Pounding and There Goes The Fear, the wonderful first single from new album, The Last Broadcast.

But despite a rapturous reception, a lot of the depth and texture of their studio work was lost on stage.

That couldn't have been clearer on the sensational Words, a blinder of an album opener but somehow lacking the same impact here. As the show progressed, and they blasted through some of the classics from debut album Lost Souls, like Catch the Sun and The Cedar Room, their confidence grew.

It was almost like they had more belief in playing the older stuff, despite the obvious strength of the new material.

By the time they play T In The Park, the new album will have gone down as one of the best of the year and they'll hopefully be playing with a little more conviction.

That's not an accusation that could be levelled at the fantastic Soundtrack Of Our Lives, whose support act merited headline status on its own. Never has unfashionable rock music sounded quite so cool. GORDON WADDELL
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 12, 2002
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