Doves, 'Kingdom of Rust' (Astralwerks/Heavenly)

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by Josh Modell

These Brits' last record came out back in 2005, but the time off hasn't inspired any tectonic changes. And that's a blessing: On their fourth album, Doves consistently deliver outsize rock drama, with slight diversions into New Order–ish electro ("Jetstream") and hints of garage psych ("House of Mirrors"). Mostly, though, it's all about the melancholy rafter-reaching, like Coldplay on their darkest day. The title track chugs menacingly before swelling into a sunlit chorus, while "Winter Hill" wrings sweetness from breakup sadness. It's familiar, sure, but Kingdom of Rust has a welcome warmth.

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