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Doves - The Universal Want (Virgin / EMI)


RELEASED: 11th September 2020

Format:  1 x Black Vinyl LP
Cat No:  V 3248
Format:  Limited Edition Vinyl
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(Vinyl Boxset includes Lenticular Cover of Album Artwork on Box, Exclusive Picture Disc LP, Cassette, High Quality 12 x 12 Prints (art), Remix LP - 12” LP featuring Two Doves Remixes (A/B), Numbered Limited Edition set of 5 postcard prints using album/single artwork, Digital Download Code)

Just two weeks after revealing their first new music in eleven years, Doves break their silence on new album rumours by announcing that their fifth long player, The Universal Want, will be released on Fri 11 September 2020 on Virgin EMI. Buoyed by refreshed chemistry, restless studio creativity and public reaction to their return, Doves set free the album’s first single, Prisoners, on Thu 09th / July /2020.

Only the second track and first single proper to be revealed, Prisoners forces attention upon itself, not least with the poignancy of Goodwin’s repeated greeting to ‘old friends’, but as an unstoppable, driving tale of caution in a world of unending desire. Produced by Doves with Dan Austin and recorded at the band’s own Frank Bough Sound III studios in North West England, the high heat of its Northern Soul beat is fanned by wiry guitar breaks and cuts of ethereal noise contorting beneath layers of stacked vocals. A statuesque musical statement, Prisoners guides Doves’ second chapter to a peak now within touching distance, the lyrics contrasting to express unease with modern ills.


1. Carousels
2. I Will Not Hide
3. Broken Eyes
4. For Tomorrow
5. Cathedrals Of The Mind
6. Prisoners
7. Cycle Of Hurt
8. Mother Silver Lake
9. Universal Want
10. Forest House