Dawes’ new album is ‘We’re All Gonna Die.’ It’s the fifth album from the folk rock band, arriving just a year after the acclaimed ‘All Your Favorite Bands.’ Now the critics are having their say and you can see a roundup of reviews right here.
Frontman Taylor Goldsmith and the band known as Dawes rose to fame in 2009 with their debut album ‘North Hills.’ In their earliest years, they were known as Simon Dawes. In the years that have followed they’ve forged a loyal and fervent following. They’ve endured some lineup changes over the years, but have continued their explorations in the traditionalist Americana genre that a number of groups in recent years — including Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers — have explored with success.
Dawes’ most recent album, ‘All Your Favorite Bands,’ was released in June of last year to nearly universal critical acclaim. Rolling Stone proclaimed it “their strongest record since their 2009 debut.” And now the new one arrives with very little waiting time. But that said, it’s a departure from their previous works and it’s getting a buzz — positive and negative — such is the case when a band is thought to be venturing outside of their perceived niche.
Taylor Goldsmith spoke about the recording of the new album, and of working with former bandmate Blake Mills as a producer this time around. He said of the collaboration, “We’ve always spoken the same musical language as Blake, since we came up together musically as kids, but this was our first chance to not only utilize it, but to challenge it together.”
As the album arrives in full the critics have been weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
“….The band’s breezy harmonies (aided by pals from Jim James to Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard) on songs like “Picture of a Man” and “No Good Reason” are a perfect complement to his gentle malaise……” –Rolling Stone
“….Since their music so effortlessly recalls the best of Jackson Browne, consider We’re All Gonna Die to be Dawes’ version of Browne’s 80’s curve ball Lawyers In Love, a stylistic detour with high points that outweigh the misfires. …..” –American Songwriter
“….Frontman Taylor Goldsmith experiments with R&B-style falsetto on songs like the title track, and the plaintive piano songs of yore now lean more heavily on keyboard synths and textural effects. ….” –Paste Magazine
“….With We’re All Gonna Die, Dawes have crafted an album rife with riddles and musical poetry, whose meaning may take a few listens to completely grab you. However, when it does finally hit you, it’s hard to shake the feeling that Dawes have opened a door into the cosmos. ….” –All Music
“…. Through travelogues, story-songs and a literary quality that’s been honed to a cutting edge, Goldsmith and his band have crafted their most ambitious record to date…..” –NPR
Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see Dawes’ ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ album cover art below and music videos.