Doves - Some CitiesWhat is it about Manchester bands that create melodically sweet sounds out of depressing subjects? Like the Smiths and the Stone Roses, Doves luxuriate in doom-and-gloom, as evidenced by the group’s appropriately titled first album, Lost Souls. The trio’s latest was recorded partly in pastoral Loch Ness, Scotland, which may explain the album’s more cheerful tone on songs like the guitar-driven “Sky Starts Falling” and the Jam-inspired “Black & White Town.” Clearly, the boys need to get out of Manchester more often.

Mar. 1