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  • Audio CD (April 9 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • Run Time: 51.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00B97SNJI
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2013 release, the third album from the L.A.-based Indie quartet. Produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, etc.), Stories Don't End is the band's first release on its own label, Hub Records.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa9414b40) out of 5 stars 126 reviews
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa9aa7588) out of 5 stars They just keep getting better... April 9 2013
By Chag - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I can't get enough of this band. Their first two albums, "North Hills" and "Nothing is Wrong" were both some of the best CDs I've heard in recent years. I found out earlier this year that they would be releasing a new album and I've had a countdown ever since. It was worth the wait. I'd put this ahead of their debut album and maybe just a hair behind "Nothing is Wrong". It's much more along the lines of their second album.

Here's a track by track review.

1. Just Beneath the Surface - 7/10 A great intro track. Fitting lyrics and title, because you realize after listening you're going to be getting in deeper.

2. From a Window Seat - 7/10 The first single off the album. This grew on me after a few listens. You find it gets stuck in your head very easily. Very lively and fun.

3. Just my Luck - 7/10 This is one of the weaker songs on the album to me. Very slow, but very moving. I can see how this would appeal to fans that favored the first album.

4. Someone Will - 8/10 This song has some cliche lines, but it's heartfelt. Lively, and some very fun basslines/harmonization. I enjoy this one a lot.

5. Most People - 10/10. My favorite song on the album, by far. The instruments are great, the vocals are great, and it's a fun song to listen to loud. I would have picked this as the first single.

6. Something in Common - 7/10 I'd put this along the same lines as Just my Luck. A good song, but a little slow when with the rest of the album. Great nonetheless.

7. Hey Lover - 8/10 This is a cover of another band, but it's great. Could have easily been written by Goldsmith. I like the back and forth vocals on it between the siblings. Piano is really nice here.

8. Bear Witness - 9/10 Another favorite. This song builds very well. A catchy chorus, and some really fun imagery within this song. Took me a couple listens to appreciate this, but it's very good.

9. Stories Don't End - 8/10 I find the songs that the album is named after aren't very good. This was an exception. A very wholesome song, albeit along the slow lines of some of the other tracks. It's a great medium between Bear Witness and From the Right Angle.

10. From the Right Angle - 10/10 My second favorite on the album. It starts strong and never lets go. Has great lyrics, fun rhythm, and is just a blast to listen to.

11. Side Effects- 8.5/10 For some reason I could tell the album was coming to an end by listening to this. It has a very good effect as one of the last songs. This song took some time to grow on me but I enjoy it quite a bit now that I've listened to it a few times.

12. Just Beneath the Surface (Reprise)- 7/10. A stripped down version of the first song on the album. Not much different to me.

Standouts: From a Window Seat, Most People, Bear Witness, From the Right Angle

Go buy this album!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa96fe66c) out of 5 stars Dawes Does It Again April 9 2013
By yesterday's_eyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Stories Don't End is the first Dawes album with perfectly refined songwriting and balanced production. It's fairly obvious that they set out to make a more focused record. While at times it may seem to lack some of the spontaneous magic that made Nothing Is Wrong so special; it's songs like Most People and Side effects that remind you that they haven't lost a step. Taylor Goldsmith has only matured in his songwriting capabilities.

Just Beneath The Surface is a perfect opener. It has an appropriately brewing tempo that's perfectly accomplished with Griffin Goldsmith's drumming and back up vocals. The first single off the album, From A Window Seat, isn't going to blow you away on your first listen. It's a song that will grow on you and works better in context with the rest of the album. Most People may be the highlight for me. It's so undeniably catchy and will easily wear out your car's rewind button. The cover of Blake Mills' song Hey Lover is a welcome addition to the band's repertoire. It's a song that works perfectly with the Goldsmiths sharing vocal duties. From the Right Angle is another favorite and would fit in perfectly on Nothing Is Wrong. Near the end of the album comes Side Effects. The lyrics of this song really hit home for me. It accurately portrays just how skewed our perception of love can be over time. Finally the album closes with a reprise of Just Beneath the Surface. This mostly acoustic accompaniment to the first track is really beautiful. It certainly makes me think Taylor Goldsmith could pull off anything as long as he has a trusty guitar. Here are my individual track ratings:

1. Just Beneath the Surface- 5/5
2. From A Window Seat- 4.5/5
3. Just My Luck- 3.5/5
4. Someone Will- 5/5
5. Most Poeple- 5/5
6. Something In Common- 3.5/5
7. Hey Lover- 5/5
8. Bear Witness- 5/5
9. Stories Don't End- 3.5/5
10. From the Right Angle- 5/5
11. Side Effects- 5/5
12. Just Beneath the Surface (Reprise)- 5/5

If you can go see this band live before making any judgement. They have to be the most exciting band on stage at the moment. It will certainly help you to appreciate how good they really are.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa96460f0) out of 5 stars Dawes - Let them tell you a story April 11 2013
By Red on Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The West Coast revival continues with this third album from post Laurel Canyon troubadours Dawes. After a recent spell supporting Mumford and Sons in the UK they have shifted across the US coasts from West to East and recorded this album in five weeks last September in Asheville, North Carolina. Stories Don't End seeks to polish and redefine their sound, which has leaned heavily thus far on Jackson Browne, Neil Young and the Eagles. In doing so the words and songs of band leader Taylor Goldsmith are bang smack in the middle of this record and it does mark a less laid back approach than their previous albums.

It is however a non-Goldsmith song that immediately draws you in the form of Dawes country rock cover of "Hey lover" by former band member the wonderful Blake Mills. This is a joyous if twisted track that could have happily graced any Elliot Smith album and the band nail it. The big changes come on tracks like "Bear Witness" where at last you can really feel a sense of big production that has been lacking from previous records and a Goldsmith vocal that stretches every sinew of his vocal chords. Not all is change as the pounding opener "Just beneath the surface" is a great piece of West Coast Jackson Browne inspired rock which is bookended with a much slower acoustic version of the same song to close the album. Songs like the pounding melodic rock of "From a Window seat" do owe a debt to "Tusk" era Fleetwood Mac which is no bad thing, while "Most People" takes the same harmonic rock and crafts it into an album standout. The jaunty "Someone will" brings a nice slice of California sunshine into your living room although Goldsmith's lyrics here are rather weak. Similarly "Side effects" struggles to get going and you are never certain when it arrives. The single "Just my luck" wipes out this deficit and is a forlorn and simple plaintive ballad where the band may have a crafted a minor gem. Finally the finely crafted pop rock of "From the right angle" show that while Dawes positively eschew surfing along the cutting edge of music they produce a classic sound and do it very well.

"Stories Don't End" by Dawes is by a country mile the most accomplished of their albums thus far with is quality threshold largely maintained throughout. It is further proof that there is considerable mileage left in uncovering that authentic tradition and vibe from 1970s Laurel Canyon and tapping directly into the laid-back Californian aesthetic of songs with dangerous hints of melod
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa959e03c) out of 5 stars Sadly, boring April 23 2013
By Marc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have to admit: I'm completely underwhelmed by this album. Given that Dawes is one of my all-time favorite acts after releasing only two albums, I really had high expectations for this third effort. And I've been disappointed. After owning the album for two weeks I've listened to it perhaps 5-6 times in total. After two weeks, I had been listening to each of North Hills and Nothing is Wrong at least twice a day. I'm sure the new album will grow on me a bit as I continue to listen, but I have no doubt that it will never captivate me.

I think the album is too mature. Strange, given that 3 of the guys in the band must be 25 and younger. The maturity factor has always worked in their favor: Taylor writes songs well beyond his years, and this is a very impressive talent. But it's as if they've morphed into Christopher Cross. They took the worst of the last album ("Moon on the Water") and decided to make that easy listening number the foundation of their new direction. There is nothing immediate or particularly memorable on this album (except, perhaps, for the single, which I quite like).

I've read articles about how the band wanted to make an album that was "modern" and "of the moment", and wanted a producer that would help get them there. I think they failed. I don't see how this album is "modern" by anyone's definition. If anything, it is decidedly less "modern" than the prior album. There is no edge. The vocals are too perfect -- rounded in shape and softened in texture. The guitars have a Hootie-like non-offensive sheen. The bass doesn't bounce around. They might as well have replaced Griffin with a metronome. There's no flavor. All of the songs are the same tempo. There's no vibrancy. Nothing kicks into high gear. There aren't any really good Dawesy 80s-style solos. What the f?

Taylor is obviously a prolific lyric writer. His stories tend to be amusing and interesting, and the lyrics and vocals have always been more prominent in Dawes' songs than in that of most other bands. But I think they went way too far. The music here, sad to say, is a mere backdrop for the stories.

I gave this album 3 out of 5 stars with a heavy heart (sorry for the melodrama), but really, I'm not sure if that's an accurate reflection on my feeling about this album. It's better than 99% of the crap being released today, but it falls well short of what I had hoped for and come to expect. For those who are not familiar with Dawes, I strongly suggest you start with one of their first two albums (go with North Hills if you want something for a peaceful ride in the mountains on a clear sunny day, and go with Nothing is Wrong if you want something for a smooth ride down the coast).

I still love this band and will continue to eagerly await their live shows and future releases. This was just a disappointment to me.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Papa Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album based on the strong review given by David Fricke in Rolling Stone, and my appreciation for what Fricke describes as "the precise twang and breezy introspection of Seventies California rock". I guess I got what I paid for.

I could hear a little Jackson Browne, a little America, (is that Firefall I hear in music introducing "From A Window Seat"?) and some other similar sounds from that genre. I also heard some underwritten lyrics and some overwrought emotions and some really uninspired - though precisely played - music. I've rarely wanted to hit the "skip to next track" button on the first listen of an album as often as I did when listening to this one.

I'll run through it a few more times - like I always do. I'll read the lyrics through - like I always do. In the end, I'm betting that this CD goes back to the store to be traded in, and I have never done that before.


On further listening, there are some points I should mention.

Some of the cuts grew on me more than I expected. "Just Beneath The Surface" is a decent song, with some interesting lyrics - "...Like a feather that finds it's invisible path as it falls" - and a not too trite theme of the things we think but choose not to say. It works musically, though I find the sound mix far too bass heavy on this one (and many others), and the drumming is so pedestrian that it ought to be mixed much further back.

"From a Window Seat" is a fun little ditty about finding something to write a song about. It has brightly played guitar up front (certainly not David Lindley quality, but still OK), but it's still too bass heavy and there's still too much weak drumming.

And then we hit the nadir - "Just My Luck" is pap. Thin vocalizations of sophomoric lyrics with a whining "poor me" attitude. Skip this track. Listen to the next one - "Someone Will"- once only and then skip it for ever after. It's a one trick pony of a song, with one sly lyric to hang it's feed bag from. "Most People" opens with a somewhat interesting guitar line but it's such lightweight writing that I can barely stomach it - "Most people don't talk about the love in their hearts." Yeah? Well, some people talk way too much about their shallow new agey introspection. More shallow and whiny introspection follows on "Something In Common", along with more crappy drumming and little else.

"Hey Lover" was written by someone else, so I won't complain further about the inanity of it's lyrics. It's another fun little song, and thankfully comes to an end quickly. I wish the same could be said for "Stories Don't End". The lyrics to that one are prescient, "...They go on and on, Just someone stops listening, they go on and on..." Quite correct, I stopped listening about a third of the way through.

"From The Right Angle" tries to redeem the album for me. It is well sung, nicely written, played with enough spirit to be interesting, and mixed properly. The ending just... ends. Odd bit, that.

I skipped "Bear Witness" as I'm still digesting. It will either grow on me or not. That is something the last two songs on the album will decidedly not do. Should you want to hear some really pedestrian drumming - cue up "Side Effects" and pay attention to the marching band beats as long as you can. The Reprise of "Just Beneath The Surface" is a throwaway, in my opinion.

And don't forget that's all this review is - my opinion.

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