A new trend was observed in the Americana segment in 2011: Young musicians recalled the Laurel Canyon tradition of the early seventies around musicians like Jackson Browne or James Taylor. That meant: leaning back folk on the border to soft rock with dreamy melodies and emotionally intense, sometimes kitschy lyrics. To perfection this revival drove the band Dawes, whose second album sounded as if they had dug up some unknown Jackson Brown songs from 1974. With the Dawes, a 22-year-old hippie named Robert Ellis is on tour right now, making a debut with "Photographs" like you haven't heard for a long time. The vinyl fan divides it - also with the CD version - consistently into a folky A- and a countryesque B-side. On page one there are great, intimate ballads, sung only to acoustic guitar, with a voice like that of young James Taylor. On page two, the accompanying band intervenes and Ellis offers five country tracks that could come from the deepest Nashville. Even though the second part is a bit less than the first one, the final piece "Photographs" is nothing else than a little sensation, as it reminds us of Neil Young's "Words". Wonderful.
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