Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong

Nothing Is Wrong

Release Date: June 7
ATO Records

The LA outfit, Dawes, hailing from the niche of musicians residing in Laurel Canyon creates Americana folk rock.  Their second album, Nothing Is Wrong, continues the rollicking sound mixed with toned down heartachey ballads.  I have to admit I am more a fan of the latter.  Reader’s note: This comes from a fan of  lead singer Taylor Goldsmith’s side project Middle Brother, which joins Taylor with John J. McCauley III of Deer Tick and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit.  In fact, the track “Million Dollar Bill” is performed by the indie “super” group.

Nothing against the strong guitar anthems and rattling keys, but I love me a good ballad rich with male heartbreak and longing.  The opening track “Time Spent in Los Angeles” grooves through guitar riffs and a chorus that rings “Cause you got that special kind of sadness/You got that tragic set of charms/that only comes from time spent in Los Angeles/Make me wanna wrap you in my arms.”   That ain’t bad.  Not to mention the toe tapping percussions on “Coming Back to the Man” that lead into some mean harmonica.  The boys are best when they meld the rock with the down tempo woes of love, which is exemplified in the track “Fire Away”.  The album overall doesn’t skip a beat and “A Little Bit of Everything” is a fitting ending with tinkling keys that set us off into a Californian sunset.

Track list
Time Spent in Los Angeles
If I Wanted Someone
My Way Back Home
Coming Back to a Man
So Well
How Far We’ve Come
Fire Away
Moon in the Water
Million Dollar Bill
The Way You Laugh
A Little Bit of Everything

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