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Album: Dawes, Stories Don't End (Mercury/Hub)

Album three from the LA four-piece whose Nothing is Wrong was one of my favourite records of 2011.

And not much has changed – Taylor Goldsmith squeezes a few more words in to each line, but the similarity to any number of 1970s soft country rockers remains. No ground is broken, the 21st century can be damned, and this is one for people who still remember Crowded House fondly. Honest, soulful, happy-sad, warm and welcoming. What more do you want?