All men die, but not all men truly live.HUB Records, 2016
5.6 / 10
It’s been just over a year since All Your Favorite Bands, but Dawes are quick on the turnaround; swiftly delivering their fifth album, We’re All Gonna Die, as if the band members’ very lives depended on it. Well, they don’t. I was just saying that for dramatic flair. By now Dawes have earned a strong fan base of listeners high on the band’s mix of rock and folk. We’re All Gonna Die even incorporates a little funk into the mix and will probably be noted by some listeners as Dawes’ most fun album to date, despite its gloomy (but inevitable) album title. “When The Tequila Runs Out” is one of the “fun” songs, but the band is almost trying too hard to be fun. Instead, the song lands as goofy, which only detracts from the album’s better songs — “Less Than Five Miles Away” and “Roll Tide”. By the way, “Roll Tide” is very hard for me to love because it conjures the thoughts of Alabama college football fans and their borderline idol worship. Still “Tequila” is the lesser of two evils when compared to “Picture of a Man”, which is dad rock at its very worst. Dawes write some excellent songs (“Things Happen”, anyone?), but they get hidden on just okay albums. We’re All Gonna Die teeters more toward meh than okay.