Doves

Toad's Place(New Haven, CT)

September 16, 2005

Thank God the Doves had a professional light show at Toad's Place in New Haven. The songs wouldn't have been enough to keep my attention the whole show. At one point, I went and sat down for a while because I was bored. The Doves don't play my kind of music(i.e. the type of music played in my car, on my computer, or during free time), but that doesn't mean they don't play enjoyable music. I totally understand why a lot of people enjoy it. The lead singer moans and mumbles about love like Coldplay's Chris Martin. I'd call the Doves Coldplay lite, but they have too many trip-hop tnedencies to be directly compared to Coldplay. And there's another reason people like the Doves: they have shiny, U2-like guitar sweeps, but their music is also groove oriented, so it appeals to the jam band audience. They use calming blips, bells, detached vocals, and the same kind of trippy reverberations you might hear on a Morcheeba or Massive Attack record.

At the concert, the beat and meter rarely changed. These guys listened to Coldplay's "Politik" one too many times. The repetition facilitated a dreamy and enveloping musical experience for the fans. The crowd seemed asleep, and they barely moved. They were probably lost in the music. Or just high. I have to admit that I got into the circular music at times, but that's probably just because I was trying really hard to get into it. I really wanted to like it, but I was in the mood for something a little more rocking. Even when the band was rocking, by their standards, there was a sleepy haze over the polished music. Why? Because they weren't gonna get the crowd worked up. They weren't gonna ruin everyone's high.

The Doves played ambivalent music. Misty music that is neither positive or negative. As a result, it was sometimes banal. Neither here nor there, it was a cool wave to ride into the sunset.


Setlist:

Snowden
Sky Starts Falling
Where We're Calling From
Pounding
Black & White Town
Almost Forgot Myself
Sea Song
Eleven Miles Out
Ambition
Last Broadcast
Caught By The River
One of These Days
Cedar Room

Encore:

M62 Song
Here It Comes
There Goes the Fear


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