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.
Ignoring all of the remedies
Believing all of the rumors
With their endless database
I wanna sit with my enemies
And say, “We should have done this sooner”
– “Crack the Case”
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.
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