The opening instrumental track, â€œMajestic Twelveâ€ really shows Cue The Doves as a band that has a lot to say. The first track is more of an introduction of the styles that will be present throughout the CD. â€œSphere of the Abyssâ€ is a track that really gets individuals thinking; the style is much more rooted in the alternative rock of the early nineties, even as the vocals come forth in a very â€œemoâ€ style. This style is smoothed out considerably when Cue The Doves come into â€œAn Astronomerâ€™s Ellipseâ€, but there are still miles between the rock-based style of the guitar and drums and the much more high-soaring vocals of the triumvirate of vocals that are dominant during the track.
Creating a number of distinct layers for â€œAn Astronomerâ€™s Ellipseâ€, Cue the Doves no doubt grab a number of listeners through their smart defusing of the situation. Another strong piece of Cue the Doves has to be their short attention span, manifested in the quick runtime of a number of the tracks on â€œArchitectures of the Atmosphereâ€. This means that individuals do not have to continue listening into a track for too much longer if there is little appeal; when the band moves to â€œThe Red Planet Fallsâ€ there seems to be a coalesce of styles into creating something that screams â€œwe are Cue The Dovesâ€.
It only took the band the vast majority fo the CD, but considering that the band was only working with the current lineup for a few months before committing their songs to disc, this is a site to behold. The emotive content of tracks like â€œPeregrine Mountain: The Aftermathâ€ are only supported by the progressive rock style present during the riffs on the track and the related vocals. Most of the bands that come from a geographic area seem to reflect at least in a passing sense some aspect of the scene that had preceded them. In Cue The Dovesâ€™ case, there are no hints of Husker Du or The Replacements, but something that is distinct from anything that has happened before in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. â€œHallucinationsâ€ keeps the interesting sound of â€œArchitectures of the Atmosphereâ€, as the band begins to end this disc. A nice extension of the same brand of rock of The Beautiful Mistake (the band contains one member of that act), Cue The Doves nonetheless forge forward on a track that is all their own.
Top Tracks: Peregrine Mountain: The Aftermath, The Red Planet Falls
Cue The Doves â€“ Architectures of the Atmosphere / 2006 Dead Letter / 10 Tracks / http://www.cuethedoves.com / http://www.deadletterrecords.com / Reviewed 07 March 2006