Review: We’re All Gonna Die by Dawes

We're All Gonna Die by DawesWell, this was disconcerting. Dawes have traded on heartfelt, if not earnest, tunes, mining from the rich heritage of California folk-rock to deliver tunes of unexpected gravitas. And then We’re All Gonna Die comes along, and it sounds so… slick? Polished? Soulless? For the record, I have nothing against the band’s decision to smooth the edges out – it’s not something I associate with any act losing its grip on what makes it special. Yet, here, I waited for that point when everything makes sense; instead, the songs passed by like a blur, making no impression. Well, some almost did, but not enough to help me make sense of just what this is about. It’s really weird. The lyrics haven’t really changed a lot but the shift in this record means the words lose their punch. For all its good intentions (and perhaps its reflection of where the band is now) We’re All Gonna Die suffers from being forgettable. Considering how Dawes did before, this is a massive letdown. [NB] | 2/5

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