Doves - The Universal Want
The Universal Want
72
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Muratka
87
Doves are back in a beautiful and experimental way: their indie sound is probably soon moving towards standards, but it presents itself as a rather unusual side of the band.
HeyLeo
62
"Even though the British band’s fifth studio album is nostalgic and has songs that mix memories with the calm of the present and the yearning for the future, The Universal Want arrives as a weak album that looks like the mixture of several trends of the past decade. At various times, you can hear vocals that seem to try to do what Chris Martin did for Coldplay, mixes of guitars with synthesizers that seem to have been copied from some beginning teen indie band and samples that ... read more
nicoperagine
56
Despite this album looking very intriguing with such an ominous cover and a thought-provoking title, this project is stuck in a vast sea of undercooked ideas. To start it was half unlistenable being that the vocals were a little too quiet for my liking compared to the instrumentals they are shoved behind. For what they were, much of the instrumentals lacked dynamic and consisted of too many common or reoccurring patterns. Instrumentally the drums sounded low quality and I can't say much else ... read more
Malneezy
90
Well finally...another 90! I truly believe this was an amazing fun Indie rock album. It's instrumentals feel so alive and full of wonder. I don't have much to say about this album besides saying its really fucking good! Hope people will check this out!

Favorites: Carousels, I Will Not HIde, Broken Eyes, For Tomorrow, Cathedrals of the Mind, Prisoners, Mother Silverlake, Universal Want, Forest House
Least Favorites: Cycle of Hurt
CoverartReview
NR
9-10, this is the type of shit you see when you wake up in the middle of a roadtrip
leolucia
49
MEDIOCRE
A must hear album? Why? What does it offer aside from dull vocals and uncreative indie rock sounds? I'm disappointed.
ThatOtherGuy
79
Is The Universal Want worth the decade-long wait? The answer lies in songs like 'I Will Not Hide', 'Cathedrals of the Mind' and 'For Tomorrow' and I'll be honest, it is a great yes. This is worth the wait. Even after spending the last decade branching out as individual, the Doves still have that spark inside them.
winitheju
78
A new Doves album was quite a surprise to see! And while it's no "Last Broadcast" it's got some of their classic sound with ethereal, quick hooks and interesting progressions. A welcome return!
chuckbush
84
Outro álbum indie bem produzido e escrito que se mantém no mesmo nível do que a cena musical vem criando no momento.
DalekTurret32
91
A calmer contrast to their 2000’s material. The Universal Want shows Doves coming back after 11 years with a more atmospheric style. Not much has changed in the instrumentation, though there are more pianos, as well as an added usage of Public Service Broadcasting esque vocal samples. Oh, and there’s the use of a saxophone and a harpsichord on “Cathedrals Of The Mind”. The harpsichord is used to evoke imagery of a cathedral, whilst the saxophone gives off some nice jazz ... read more
MichaelClark202
65
There are a few great things about this record but at the same time those great things are intertwined into a decent amount of fairly basic and run of the mill sounds in the indie pop scene. For example, the melodies throughout this album are great, I love the instrumentation and choice of sounds but in the end it all funnels into a basic sound that strikes no points of interest for me. The vocals are alright throughout this record but everything about this record screams average or just ... read more
Felix_96
50
5/10

meh

Fav tracks: <none>
85
When Doves took a hiatus back in 2010, they had lost their direction and what made their music so enjoyable to begin with. After 10 years though, they sound incredibly refreshed and refocused. The songs on “The Universal Want” are hazy and otherworldly, but have enough emotion and a human touch to relate to plenty. If you’re expecting Doves to return with a sound that will blow you out of the water, keep moving. But if you’re ready to fall in love with Doves sound ... read more
Feden851
71
Chris Martin, is that you?
CurtisLovesCats
65
Admittedly, this breed of past-their-prime soft rock is, let's just say, not my bag. Still, the tight instrumentation on this album reflects the band's multi-decade career. It hardly treads any new ground, but some compelling lyrics and dynamic sounds elevate Jimi Goodwin's bored crooning so that a handful of tracks, particularly on the back half, float above the rest.
musicphv
90
Carousel is one of my favorite intros of all time, the instrumental brings you to another place, love the atmosphere.
OldGuyNewTunes
85
Has it really been 11 years since Doves last album? In some ways it feels a LOT longer and sadly outside of the occasional spin of an old single those first few albums have drifted into history. When new music started trickling forth I was both surprised and relieved to hear that old Doves sound was still intact. And yet the album is more relaxed and feels more natural than Kingdom of Rust did. Where that album, as good as it is, was starting to find Doves sound tired and worn. This feels ... read more
alternapop
72
At times it suffers from being overly dense/busy and feels like there is an overall glaze to the production that make a lot of it sound the same. Kind of like walking through a house where everything is made out of wood. You're overwhelmed by the sameness of it and don't notice the details and craftsmanship.

Repeated listens helps a lot, as is usual with most of my favorite albums, but I don't see this one surpassing their first 2 albums.

A couple songs turn me off with their lyrics and vocal ... read more
TRaj
50
Lol, What!
PitchforkClone
67
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.

The transformative power of sound has served as the subtext for basically every song Doves have ever written. On “Cathedrals of the Mind,” it’s the entire text. The band’s Jimi Goodwin describes the third single from The Universal Want as “a prayer to sonics,” a recollection of ravers “going ... read more
IDKY
91
Doves comes back after 11 years with one of their best albums
70
Very enjoyable first listen, some great upbeat indie rock.
Fav Track: Carousels
Migalayer
NR
Why did this become "Must listen album" when it was originally on Flaming Lips? Is Everything Everything going to get the star for a few days too?
100
Omg, I waited so long for this album. This band's return from their 10 year hiatus is nothing short of epic. Every track is buzzing with a beautiful energy and cathartic spirit. Already my album of the year. Give it a listen if you like indie rock, or a musical escape from the NOW. There really isn't a bad track for me but my favorite tracks if I had to pick are For Tomorrow, Mother Silverlake, Prisoners, Universal Want, and Forest House - my god! what a way to end an album; it's such an about ... read more
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66%of users like this album
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