I haven't been as enthusiastic about any young group for a long time, maybe ever! This album is as fabulous as "North Hills", and that's high praise.
Taylor Goldsmith is a true poet. He communicates his experiences with fire and passion as well as an earnest trust in the connection with his listeners. And there's good reason for that confidence -- he writes soul-searchingly about the heartbeats of our lives: wanderlust and home, loss, love, longing, and the relentless march of time. Every one of his songs has made its way into my soul.
His brother Griffin's voice fluidly blends with Taylor's as he contributes brilliant drums. He has impressive range and he is singing with more assurance and strength as the stage-filled months have fallen behind. It's indeed evident how far he's come.
It's Dawes' intense harmonies that give their songs such a penetrating quality. There's no doubt that the group is characterized in part by the measures when all three guys are in full voice. Those moments are, for me, nothing short of sublime; call me a cynic, but I had pretty much given up hope that we'd ever get this kind of sound out of my son's generation.
I love the insistent, throbbing pulse of Wylie's bass guitar in this band. Even if you've never really paid attention to a bass line before, I think you will be listening to this one. Taylor's guitar work is also skillful. And it would be a sorry bit of neglect if I failed to say how fantastic a contribution the keyboard work is.
Dawes is something infinitely more than its parts, and what results seems to me an outgrowth of a closely collaborative set of talents and a working relationship of real camaraderie. All the nice comparisons to my long-time favorite, Jackson Browne, are wonderful and somewhat valid, but Dawes has its own distinctive sound, and it's outstanding. Give them a chance to be themselves - they are earning their own laurels! If you buy the album, you will not be disappointed.