I really didn’t see this coming. The golden period of 90’s band reformations continues. This is different though. Belly don’t need to cash in on previous success, they’ve been too busy.
This is their first album together for over 20 years and the legendary outfit return with an album that’s oh so alluring and infectious. Vocally, Belly are richer with age. Musically, they are as arresting as ever.
23 years is a long time to wait, but as opener ‘Mine’ kicks in, it’s clear that Belly mean business. Lead single ‘Shiny One’ is a contagious, head-bobbing classic. The sound is familiar, but it’s so new. The bass groove and gnarly guitars are ever-present, they reassuringly should be, but the more mature Belly are world-weary now. They’ve made a collection of songs that are as pastel bright as ever, but with grey clouds now lurking in the corners of their sound.
This doesn’t feel like a retrospective reunion. Belly are too good to attempt recapturing the flames of their youth. Dove is a seriously competent and edgy record that cautiously looks forward. What skates prettily on the surface now knows that the ice can be scarily thin in places too. Brilliant.
2. Shiny One
3. Human Child
5. Suffer The Fools
7. Army Of Clay
8. Stars Align
Released: May 2018
Cat: 83774031 / Belly Touring