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 folk-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 tracks written by Taylor Goldsmith, except where noted.

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" (Goldsmith, Blake Mills) 6:56
Total length: 54:56


  • 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.[9]


  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. 
  9. ^ "Album & Song Chart History (Heatseeker Albums)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 

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