Can rock and roll, and music in general, be the harbinger of peace and reconciliation? That’s the question Dawes seem to be asking on Passwords. An album surprisingly political (at least cultural) as they speak of our great cultural divide, and in lesser terms romantic divides, and tries to find understanding and common ground on which we can come together on. Now they don’t explicitly take sides or speak to direct points of contention but it’s obvious, and it’s admirable; it’s just not all that exciting. Tracks drag on well past 5 minutes and they struggle to remain interesting with such a dull backdrop playing in the background. The few tracks that do spice things up a bit (“Stay Down” and “Feed The Fire”) are welcome reprieves but not enough to liven up what’s an otherwise sterile listen.
Many folk records can feel a bit too one note at times, but not this one, Ray LaMontagne gives you everything from slow, country ballads, to the raucous and almost psych and metal-like, and his incredible vocals have no trouble playing to everything.
David Byrne has always been pleasantly weird and experimental and he once again tries to push the musical envelope. What results from that sincere push is at best, a mess however. It's a mash up of different sounds and influences that, when it works, can be refreshing and exhilarating, but those moments are far too often undercut by clunky breakdowns and unnecessary introductions of new elements.
Have you heard Passwords? What’d you think of it? Did you find it as dull as I did? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Dawes – Passwords Reaction
Dawes' album is surprisingly political (at least cultural) as they speak of our great cultural divide, and in lesser terms romantic divides, and tries to find understanding and common ground on which we can come together on. It's admirable, it's just not all that exciting.