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Credit where it is due
on 20 February 2012
Yes it is easy to immediately hear the Laurel Canyon vibe, that sound and the other set of influences that these guys are drawing on. I can even appreciate why the criticisms are voiced and written by people. Here and elsewhere. But...
I think those comments are actually very shallow.
It is a rare band that can tap that vibe and use it to produce music that is so very raw, honest and full of emotion. Which is exactly what these songs are full of. And it simply does NOT matter one jot that people and bands have gone before that have done just that and using a similar vibe too. That Dawes have done so is what matters. They've taken all the instruments playing, all the vocals and the lyrics and used them to produce musical snapshots of real emotion.
Proper musical poetry in the lyrical and musical sense. A proper heart on it's sleeve album without a hint of it being contrived.
Stuff the comparisons. Undoubtedly if you're into the Laurel Canyon, Neil Young type thing, you'll instantly find comfort in the sound you hear, but pull back the layers and what you have is a work that can stand on its own feet and deserves credit in its own right.