Dawes – All Your Favourite Bands

The fourth outing from Los Angeles band Dawes is perhaps their best yet; superb song writing combined with excellent instrumentation means there isn’t a bad song among these nine tracks. It’s a country/rock/folk and all round Americana affair with nods to Wilco, Hall & Oates, Tom Petty , Jackson Browne, Del Amitri and the Eagles and it’s not so much like sounding like them as it is writing brilliant songs in the tradition set out by all the great bands that have influenced the sound. Title track ‘All Your Favorite Bands’ is a good example, well-structured and with its great chorus ‘I hope that life without a chaperone is what you thought it’d be, I hope your brother’s El Camino runs forever, I hope the world sees the same person that you’ve always been to me, And may all your favourite bands stay together’. ‘I Can’t Think About It Now’ again is so well paced and has the catchy sing-along parts. From piano to pedal steel guitar the band are tight and they’re certainly lyrically on a high with some amazing couplets dotted through the songs. As a record it grows with each listen as you become familiar with the words and you realise just how good this collection really is.


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