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Albums Of The Week: Dawes | Good Luck With Whatever

The rootsy L.A. rockers give Wilco & MMJ a run for the money with this superb set.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Veteran American rockers Dawes have released their extraordinary new album Good Luck With Whatever, the Los Angeles-based band’s seventh studio LP. Produced by 6x Grammy-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, Good Luck With Whatever follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s Stories Don’t End, 2015’s All Your Favourite Bands, 2016’s We’re All Gonna Die, and 2018’s Passwords, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause — graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, Good Luck With Whatever reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Taylor Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”