Recording information: Five Star Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Kevin Hayes .
Painting their own version of heartland rock & roll with broad, unhurried strokes, Dawes continue carrying the torch of L.A.'s country-rock community -- once dominated by the likes of Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, and Neil Young -- on their second album. Nothing Is Wrong picks up where North Hills left off, mixing the band's midtempo songwriting with dusty handfuls of pedal steel, organ, and imperfect harmonies. The music may owe as much to the American South as California, but Los Angeles figures heavily in the band's leisurely pace, which picks up at key moments but rarely moves beyond a casual clop. Some songs are even straight-up ballads, with "Moon in the Water" taking its cues from James Taylor and "A Little Bit of Everything" trading the band's guitar-driven sound for upright piano. Those looking to rock out won't find many headbanging opportunities here, but Nothing Is Wrong works well as driving music, particularly if the scenery outside your windshield matches the sepia-toned music. ~ Andrew Leahey
Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The arrangements are all vintage, the guitar leads hot, and fraternal harmonies of drummer Griffin and leader Taylor Goldsmith are gorgeous..."
Rolling Stone (p.72) - Ranked #35 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "A crystal vision of Los Angeles, circa 1974."
Uncut (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "NOTHING IS WRONG reminds you of early Jackson Browne or Jimmy Webb, albeit with a tougher, rootsier swagger. And it's a worthy addition to that fine Californian bloodline."
Uncut (p.31) - Ranked #39 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "Rich harmonies, unabashed classicism and a persuasive second album."
Paste (magazine) - "The songwriting, musicianship and emotion are just as impressive on NOTHING IS WRONG as they were on the band's debut, if not more so."