This is a great record joining the dots between psychedelia,the indie rock of their native manchester and the epic rock of bands like u2 .
So many good songs here , check out that piano on the rolling "here it comes" or the simple chord structures that stick in your head from "break me gently" and "sea song" . "rise" builds from a simple strum into a really beautiful production full of effects and deep sounds . "melody calls" sees the group match the shambling pop ethic of the la's perfectly while "catch the sun" (with a melody radiohead would have loved to have ) and the glum "man who told everything" with its twinkling guitars pack a fair melodic punch . It all builds up to the albums centre piece "the cedar room" whos build up is akin to a ship slowly breaking through ice before breaking free on the back of its stout drums, fxd guitars and dark chorus. If pushed i slightly prefer the follow up "the last broadcast" but here the doves proved themselves as a bright new talent on the UK music scene and great songwriters . Only the rather dull title track and the unnecessary closer really marr the record at all