North Hills (album)

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North Hills
Studio album by Dawes
Released August 18, 2009
Genre Folk Rock
Length 54:56
Label ATO Records
Producer Jonathan Wilson
Dawes chronology
North Hills
Nothing Is Wrong

North Hills is the debut studio album by American rock band Dawes, released on August 18, 2009.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 93%[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[3]
Filter 82%[4]
The Line of Best Fit 8/10 stars[5]
PopMatters 6/10[6]
Stereo Subversion B+[7]
This Is Fake DIY 7/10[8]

North Hills received mostly favorable reviews from the music critics. AbsolutePunk's Gregory Robson said the album "is the sound of something truly astonishing beginning to take shape" with "near-flawless roots-rock offerings that drip with such a defined sense of soul, grit and harmony, it feels nearly criminal to label this album contemporary."[1] Pemberton Roach called them a "rootsy quartet" with a "tasteful vibe", and an "earthy sound."[2] At Filter, Kyle MacKinnel described the album as "straightforward" and a "refreshing reminder of our roots" that "notches a victory for the believers."[4] The Line of Best Fit's Melanie McGovern predicted the release would "be as easily digested and perhaps more soul baring as one would hope."[5]

Stereo Subversion's Dan MacIntosh wrote that "where ever this North Hills hideaway is, it sure sounds like the place to be for those in search of a quality music retreat."[7] At This Is Fake DIY, Martyn Young said the album was "full of subtle wonder, and in its evocative charms you can easily see how Dawes have become so feted".[8] However, Doug Freeman of The Austin Chronicle derided the album saying that "working a sound this classic doesn't allow for many surprises".[3] A PopMatters review said the album's sound was "too obvious in its attempt to fit into a certain mold", and called the effort "a last-ditch effort to hop on a bandwagon".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Taylor Goldsmith. 

No. Title Length
1. "That Western Skyline"   5:58
2. "Love Is All I Am"   5:16
3. "When You Call My Name"   4:44
4. "Give Me Time"   3:18
5. "When My Time Comes"   5:08
6. "God Rest My Soul"   4:58
7. "Bedside Manner"   4:11
8. "My Girl to Me"   4:51
9. "Take Me Out of the City"   5:11
10. "If You Let Me Be Your Anchor"   4:25
11. "Peace in the Valley"   6:56
Total length:


  • Taylor Goldsmith – Lead Vocals & Guitars
  • Griffin Goldsmith – Drums, Vocals & Percussion
  • Wylie Gelber – Bass Guitar
  • Tay Strathairn – Piano, Vocals & Organ
  • Patrick Sansone - Guitars, Vocals, Organ & Percussion


The album peaked at #23 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Robson, Gregory (September 10, 2009). "Dawes - North Hills". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Roach, Pemberton (September 29, 2009). "North Hills - Dawes : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Freeman, Doug (March 19, 2010). "Review: Dawes North Hills (ATO)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b MacKinnel, Kyle (January 28, 2010). "Reviews - Dawes: North Hills - ATO". Filter. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b McGovern, Melanie (June 4, 2012). "Dawes – North Hills". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Miller, Cody (January 20, 2010). "Dawes: North Hills". PopMatters. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b MacIntosh, Dan (May 28, 2010). "Dawes – North Hills". Stereo Subversion. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Young, Martyn (June 4, 2012). "Dawes – North Hills". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 

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