We’re All Gonna Die is the fifth album by LA folk-indie-rock band Dawes (not to be confused with The Doors or Dawes bicycles, for that matter). Band leader Taylor Goldsmith likes to write about difficult situations people get into but will temper that with a positive ending. We’re All Gonna Die features guest performances from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Mandy Moore, and the one and only Will Oldham.
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“You look like one of them -- but you TALK LIKE ONE OF UUUUUUS!” screams out the singer from the centre of the hubbub, over the generic over-driven guitar rock backdrop. It’s noisy L.A.-based indie-rawk now; the band is Dawes and the singer is Taylor Goldsmith, it says here. ‘We’re All Gonna Die’(!), as well as being a statement of the shitting obvious, is the title of the album and the title of its second track. It’s a surprisingly tender tune with a pretty string arrangement augmenting that obvious guitar. ‘Roll With The Punches’ rolls out the FM-rock cliches. It’s very Don Henley. And macho.
Music for real men, possibly all-American real men who like real rock. And, depressingly, it doesn’t get any better.
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