Stories Don't End

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. It’s the sound of a young band coming into their own unique musical niche and making the record they’ve been reaching for since they first hit the scene in 2009.
  2. Apr 9, 2013
    70
    Stories Don't End barely registers upon the first spin (it's easy pop for the millennial generation), but if given the time to percolate, it produces a damn fine cup of coffee.
  3. 80
    Stories Don’t End is still a step forward, if only for the moments of off-the-cuff brilliance that result from all the ambitious effort.
  4. Apr 9, 2013
    78
    Goldsmith's melodies continue to be instantly familiar, and Dawes remains one of the premier country rock bands of the day.
  5. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    The stories may have familiar contours (love affairs, self-reflection, observation) but the details pack the joy of surprise.
  6. 80
    Building on the alluring guitar solos and gorgeous harmonies that anchored Dawes’ debut album a half decade ago, Taylor Goldsmith & Co. deliver plucky vocals, wry cultural jabs, and inventive time signature shifts to craft a record that is distinctively modern.
  7. Apr 11, 2013
    68
    The result confirms there are few bands that can mix past and progress like these fellas.
  8. Apr 9, 2013
    72
    Stories Don’t End is crisper and more overdubbed, sprawling a tad where the first two albums flowed seamlessly.
  9. Apr 15, 2013
    80
    [A] quietly gripping, deceptively gleaming record.
  10. Honest, soulful, happy-sad, warm and welcoming.
  11. 70
    A new Dawes album will succeed for one primary reason: Taylor Goldsmith’s ability to connect with a new batch of stories. To that end, Stories Don’t End is another success.
  12. Uncut
    Apr 9, 2013
    80
    Dawes come into their own as an articulate, self-assured SoCal rock band. [May 2013, p.69]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BKM
    Apr 10, 2013
    7
    The third album from the Los Angeles based roots rock revisionists doesn't feature as many instantly catchy tunes as 2011's Nothing is Wrong.The third album from the Los Angeles based roots rock revisionists doesn't feature as many instantly catchy tunes as 2011's Nothing is Wrong. However, Stories Don't End is as comforting and reassuring as a warm pacific breeze and, if nothing else, finds the band very assured of their songwriting and their overall artistic direction. Full Review »