Doves - Black and White Town

The Doves are back in familiar and friendly fashion. Since the release of The Last Broadcast three years ago, their successful return with single Black and White Town proves that their sound has not only been missed but also proves that their baroque layering and Jimi Goodwin’s languid vocal to be nothing short of being classic.

Black and White Town has hit the radio waves swinging like a cool cat in Winklepickers jiving on the dance floor. Yet to journey deeper, Black and White Town is something danceable yet emotional, light hearted yet melancholy, jovial yet longing and fun yet literary.

As an expression of drudgery, the beautiful lyrics concern itself with a satellite town and it lacking colour, hence being marked as black and white; yet the song’s content is not unlike previous singles, Here It Comes, Catch The Sun and There Goes The Fear where “escapism” in some form is the concept of all.

And now, Manchester has another band of which to be proud whilst the Doves continue to perform songs of escape, miserable climates and love. And with the release of another piece of work that can be regarded as "classic-Doves" both musically and lyrically, the reminder of their charming sound means that they can also be considered as timeless, whatever the weather.

Overall

8

out of 10

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