Dawes: All Your Favorite Bands

Folk-rock traditionalists stir in some new edge on their best LP

Credit: Dan Martensen

The title of Dawes' fourth album refers to one of the sweetest lyrics you'll hear this year: "May all your favorite bands stay together," Taylor Goldsmith sings in an affectionate farewell to an old pal. The title could also allude to the way Dawes continue to unapologetically evoke the earnest romanticism and skyward harmonies of classic 1970s Laurel Canyon rock. (In another nod to rock history, the title song has some "Let It Be" piano.) But on their strongest record since their 2009 debut, they inject a brooding guitar jam ("I Can't Think About It Now") and some of Goldsmith's most sweet-and-sour lyrics ("Things Happen"). Rock's thoughtful past has rarely sounded more vibrant.