Kingdom of Rust

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For the album's title track and lead single, see Kingdom of Rust (song).
Kingdom of Rust
Studio album by Doves
Released 6 April 2009 (2009-04-06)
(see release history)
Recorded 2006–2009
Genre Indie rock
Length 50:00
Language English
Label Heavenly Records
Producer Doves, Dan Austin, John Leckie
Doves chronology
Some Cities
(2005)
Kingdom of Rust
(2009)
The Places Between: The Best of Doves
(2010)
Singles from Kingdom of Rust
  1. "Kingdom of Rust"
    Released: 30 March 2009
  2. "Winter Hill"
    Released: 20 July 2009
  3. "House of Mirrors"
    Released: 7 December 2009 (promo only)

Kingdom of Rust is the fourth studio album from British indie rock band Doves. The album was released on 6 April 2009 in the UK via Heavenly Records. A CD/DVD release of Kingdom of Rust, originally announced when promotion started for the album, was pulled by the label three weeks prior to the album's release. The album follows a four-year gap between their last album Some Cities in 2005. Kingdom of Rust was met with generally positive critical acclaim, and entered the UK Albums Chart at number 2.

Production and release[edit]

The band recorded the album in a converted farmhouse barn in Cheshire, England over the course of 2006 through early 2009. Producer John Leckie, who has worked with Radiohead, The Stone Roses, and The Fall among others, was set to co-produce the entire album with the band, but was unable due to previous commitments. Instead, Leckie produced two tracks from the album--"Winter Hill" and "10:03"[1] (as well as the B-side "Push Me On")--and the band worked with Dan Austin (producer of Cherry Ghost's Thirst for Romance album; programmer for Massive Attack) on the remaining nine songs.[2] Tom Rowlands of the electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers also provided the song arrangement for "10:03".[3]

The album was preceded by first single "Kingdom of Rust" on 30 March 2009. Doves also offered the album's lead track "Jetstream" as a free download on their website, starting from 28 January 2009.[4] Regarding "Jetstream", the band mentioned being fans of the Vangelis score to Blade Runner, and wrote the song as "an imaginary song for the closing credits on Ridley Scott's classic."[5] The German band Kraftwerk was another stated influence for "Jetstream."[6] In an interview with NME, the band said "House of Mirrors" is "about your past haunting you."[7] A documentary on the making of the album (produced by Soup Collective and directed by long-time Doves collaborator Matthew Norman), as well as a track-by-track discussion with Jimi and Andy, premiered exclusively on the official NME website in mid April 2009.[8] The single "Kingdom of Rust" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 28,[9] while second single "Winter Hill" became the band's first single to fail to enter the Top 100, peaking at number 153.[9] A third single release for "House of Mirrors" was canceled.

In promotion for the album, Doves appeared on Later... with Jools Holland on 14 April 2009, performing "Kingdom of Rust", "Winter Hill", and "10:03".[10][11] They later appeared on the American late-night talk shows Last Call with Carson Daly on 28 May 2009,[12] which featured a pre-recorded video of the band performing "Kingdom of Rust" live at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on 16 May 2009,[13] and then on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on 5 June 2009, performing "The Outsiders".[14]

The title track can be heard in the movie Zombieland.

The album is dedicated to Jimi Goodwin's father, Francis James Goodwin, who died on 23 December 2008.[15]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77[16]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[17]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[18]
Mojo 4/5 stars[19]
NME (8/10)[20]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10)[21]
Q 4/5 stars[22]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[23]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[24]
The Sun 4.5/5 stars[25]
Uncut 4/5 stars[26]

Kingdom of Rust was met with positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 77, based on 23 reviews.[16] Both The Independent and Digital Spy awarded the album 5 out of 5 stars,[27][28] Gigwise gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and noted that the album is "the most daring album of Doves' career to date,"[29] and The Observer noted in a glowing review that, "Previous albums never quite lived up to the band's facility for knockout singles, but this one holds the attention. There's a dreamy, addictive sadness to proceedings, their customary gruff melancholy now inflated to match the panoramic setting."[30]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin, and Andy Williams

No. Title Length
1. "Jetstream"   5:30
2. "Kingdom of Rust"   5:11
3. "The Outsiders"   3:28
4. "Winter Hill"   5:18
5. "10:03"   4:04
6. "The Greatest Denier"   3:59
7. "Birds Flew Backwards"   2:51
8. "Spellbound"   5:39
9. "Compulsion"   5:14
10. "House of Mirrors"   4:20
11. "Lifelines"   4:26

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
Germany 3 April 2009 EMI CD 5099969313424
United Kingdom 6 April 2009 Heavenly Records/Virgin Records CD HVNLP67CD
Double LP (heavyweight vinyl; gatefold sleeve) HVNLP67
Digital download (two bonus tracks) iTunes exclusive
United States 7 April 2009 Astralwerks Records CD 5099969313424 (ASW 93134)
Digital download (two bonus tracks) iTunes exclusive
21 April 2009 Heavenly Records/Virgin Records Double LP (heavyweight vinyl; gatefold sleeve) HVNLP67/ASW 96959 (same as UK pressing)
Japan 22 April 2009 Toshiba-EMI CD (one bonus track) TOCP-66879

Instrumentals of Rust[edit]

On 15 June 2009 (2009-06-15), instrumental versions of all 11 tracks on the album were released as Instrumentals of Rust, exclusively to digital download outlets worldwide.[31]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jetstream" (Instrumental) – 5:32
  2. "Kingdom of Rust" (Instrumental) – 5:13
  3. "The Outsiders" (Instrumental) – 3:29
  4. "Winter Hill" (Instrumental) – 5:20
  5. "10:03" (Instrumental) – 4:05
  6. "The Greatest Denier" (Instrumental) – 3:59
  7. "Birds Flew Backwards" (Instrumental) – 2:54
  8. "Spellbound" (Instrumental) – 5:42
  9. "Compulsion" (Instrumental) – 5:16
  10. "House of Mirrors" (Instrumental) – 4:18
  11. "Lifelines" (Instrumental) – 4:25

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
Europe 15 June 2009 Heavenly Records Digital download
North America 16 June 2009 EMI

Credits[edit]

  • All songs written by Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin, and Andy Williams.
  • All instruments played by Doves except where stated.
  • Produced by Doves and Dan Austin, except:
    • "Winter Hill" and "10:03" produced by John Leckie and Doves.
  • Engineered by Dan Austin, except:
    • "Winter Hill" and "10:03" engineered by Adam Whittaker and Dan Austin.
  1. "Jetstream"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  2. "Kingdom of Rust"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III and Green Gates, Eyam.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
    • Piano – Martin Rebelski.
    • Violin 1 – Belinda Hammond.
    • Violin 2 – Oliver Morris.
    • Viola – Alexandra Fletcher.
    • Cello – Elinor Gow.
  3. "The Outsiders"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  4. "Winter Hill"
    • Recorded at Rockfield Studios and Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  5. "10:03"
    • Recorded at Rockfield Studios and Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Dan Austin and Jez Williams at Frank Bough Sound III and Modern World Studios.
    • Arranged by Tom Rowlands.
    • Piano – Martin Rebelski.
  6. "The Greatest Denier"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  7. "Birds Flew Backwards"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Dan Austin and Doves at Modern World Studios.
    • Mix assistant – Zac Froud.
    • Dilruba – Baluji Shrivastav.
    • Violin 1 – Belinda Hammond.
    • Violin 2 – Oliver Morris.
    • Viola – Alexandra Fletcher.
    • Cello – Elinor Gow.
  8. "Spellbound"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  9. "Compulsion"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
  10. "House of Mirrors"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III.
    • Mixed by Dan Austin and Jez Williams at Frank Bough Sound III and Modern World Studios.
    • Mix assistant – Zac Froud.
    • Piano – Martin Rebelski.
  11. "Lifelines"
    • Recorded at Frank Bough Sound III and Moolah Rouge, Stockport.
    • Mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Quad Studios, NYC.
    • Pro Tools engineer and mix assistant – Will Hensley.
    • Piano – Martin Rebelski.
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine.
  • Sleeve design by Rick Myers; shot on location at Northlandz, Flemington, New Jersey.
  • Band photo by Deirdre O'Callaghan.
  • For Francis James Goodwin (9 May 1943 – 23 December 2008).

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[9] 2
Irish Albums Chart[32] 8
Australian Albums Chart[33] 34
Belgian Albums Chart[34] 72
Canadian Albums Chart[35] 79
US Billboard 200[36] 89

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doves Releasing "Kingdom of Rust" - Glide Magazine
  2. ^ Doves - Blogs (27 September 2007)
  3. ^ Buzzine >> Doves Announce Spring Tour
  4. ^ Doves Kingdom Of Rust Album Details Revealed - AngryApe.com
  5. ^ New Doves - "Jetstream" - Stereogum
  6. ^ "Jetstream - SongFacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "House of Mirrors - SongFacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  8. ^ NME.com - Doves
  9. ^ a b c Doves - Chart Stats
  10. ^ DOVES MUSIC BLOG ::: KINGDOM OF RUST: Archive: Doves on Later Live ("Kingdom of Rust" and "Winter Hill")
  11. ^ DOVES MUSIC BLOG ::: KINGDOM OF RUST: Archive: Doves on Later With Jools Holland ("10:03")
  12. ^ DOVES MUSIC BLOG ::: KINGDOM OF RUST: Last Call with Carson Daly
  13. ^ Doves "Kingdom of Rust" - live on Last Call with Carson Daly on YouTube
  14. ^ DOVES MUSIC BLOG ::: KINGDOM OF RUST: Jimmy Fallon
  15. ^ According to the last page of the album's booklet; Doves Forum/Discussion
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  17. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Kingdom of Rust - Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  18. ^ Petridis, Alexis (3 April 2009). "Pop review: Doves, Kingdom of Rust - Music - The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  19. ^ Mojo, May 2009 issue, p.97
  20. ^ Woodhouse, Alan (2 April 2009). "NME Album Reviews: Doves - Kingdom of Rust". NME. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  21. ^ Berman, Stuart (15 April 2009). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Doves: Kingdom of Rust". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  22. ^ Q magazine, May 2009 issue, p.108
  23. ^ Rolling Stone RS 1076, 16 April 2009
  24. ^ Modell, Josh (19 March 2009). "Doves, 'Kingdom of Rust' (Astralwerks/Heavenly) - Spin Magazine Online". Spin. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  25. ^ Swift, Jacqui (27 March 2009). "SFTW interview Doves". The Sun. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  26. ^ Martin, Piers. "Doves - Kingdom of Rust - Review - Uncut.co.uk". Uncut. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
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  28. ^ Album: Doves, Kingdom of Rust (Heavenly) - Reviews, Music - The Independent
  29. ^ Doves - 'Kingdom of Rust' (Heavenly Records) Released 06/04/09 - GIGWISE
  30. ^ Rock review: Doves, Kingdom of Rust | Music | The Observer
  31. ^ Amazon.com: Instrumentals of Rust: MP3 Downloads: Doves
  32. ^ irishcharts.com - Discography Doves
  33. ^ Australian Charts - Doves
  34. ^ ultratop.be - Doves
  35. ^ Doves > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums
  36. ^ Billboard - Artist Chart History - Doves