Nothing Is Wrong
Label: Loose Music
Dawes' sophomore album opens with "Time Spent in Los Angeles," a troubadour's ode to that mythical city. It's fitting when one considers Nothing Is Wrong is all about archetypal West Coast roots-rock. From Neil Young and The Byrds to The Long Ryders and Tom Petty, Dawes hit all the key notes, so to speak. On the six-minute mini-epic "My Way Back Home," lead singer and songwriter Taylor Goldsmith even nails that peculiar mix of boyish innocence and well-aged wisdom that Jackson Browne nailed in the mid-1970s. What pushes the record over the top is the warm, vintage production. Very cool.