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Dawes is the band that the children of '70s radio and singer/songwriters have been waiting for. Taylor Goldsmith sings with a warmth that catapults him to the front of the line of promising new musicians. Already likened to Jackson Browne and the mellow Laurel Canyon scene of the late '60s and early '70s, Dawes never fights the comparisons; the band soldiers on with songs that bring out its considerable talents. For Dawes' third album, 2013's Stories Don't End, the group wanders a bit from its roots. Despite, for example, "Most People" sounding like a top-shelf Jackson Browne song, its pedigree is closer to the '80s. For a classic ballad, "Something in Common" fulfills that role with a vibe that feels as if it's wafting through the doors of Doug Weston's Troubadour club and into the lonely L.A. night air. Literary folks will enjoy parsing the poetic lyrics, but most people will just roll down the windows and let "Bear Witness," "From the Right Angle," and "From a Window Seat" take their troubles away.

Customer Reviews

Constantly Improving

I got the special edition LP with sky blue vinyl yesterday at my local record store. The vinyl packing is a disappointment - they might as well have used a paper bag. But then I put the disc on the table and out spun some great tunes. Very good writing, good straight ahead songs, with Taylor's usual long-ish phrasing. A bit more polished than the previous releases and different than the other two. Most People has the catchy riff that is almost Zevon / Eagles like. Also includes just the right amount of Blake Mills' touch and his great song, Hey Lover. The album is peppered with nice subtle guitar licks. The Jackson Browne and Laurel Canyon influences are kind of cliche at this point but they're hard to escape. For me that's not a bad thing - I love the next generations' spin on the mellow California sound. All in all, a very good release.

Take a few hours to listen

I've been a fan of Dawes since their first album back in 2009/2010. With their third album, they have yet to disappoint. Taylor keeps getting better as a writer and the band's musicianship is incredible. No wonder they are touring with Dylan. Put it on repeat and get lost for awhile. Understand that Dawes has found their sound. And it sounds like Dawes


This album is a great transition from Nothing is Wrong. Very well produced! Dawes is one of the hidden gems of rock today. Extremely talented band and great songwriting by Taylor Goldsmith. If you ever have a chance to see these guys live you will be transformed into a lifetime fan!


Formed: 2009 in North Hills, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

California-based roots rock band Dawes were formed in the Los Angeles suburb of North Hills by brothers Taylor Goldsmith and Griffin Goldsmith (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), Wylie Gelber (bass), and Alex Casnoff (guitar). They were previously in the band Simon Dawes, but after Blake Mills left the group, they changed the name (and added Casnoff, who was soon replaced by Tay Strathairn). Unlike the more intense indie rock sound they had as Simon Dawes, Dawes were heavily influenced...
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