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  1. Jun 25, 2018
    83
    If you have just enough residual idealism that you think you might enjoy even a temporary respite from our collective growl in 2018, Passwords feels a bit like one of those Records We Could Use Right Now. .. It turns out, he makes about as good a re-enfranchised romantic as he did a disappointed one.
  2. Mojo
    Jun 25, 2018
    80
    A beautifully honed vision of an often-harsh landscape. [Aug 2018, p.89]
  3. Jun 25, 2018
    80
    As dark as Goldsmith gets on Passwords, he remains hopeful, even romantic, summoning images of Romeo and Juliet and "Cusack holding that stereo" on the tender love song "Never Gonna Say Goodbye." It's that bittersweet message of hope for humanity on Passwords that resonates the strongest.
  4. Uncut
    Jun 25, 2018
    70
    The ballads are typically wry and pretty, however, especially the Christopher Cross-alike "Crack The Case," through "Feed The Fire" might have benefited from more rigorous editing. [Aug 2018, p.26]
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 25, 2018
    70
    Passwords is full of lustrous folk, as on My Greatest Invention and I Can't Love, with the odd innocuous AOR moment, though there's hidden bite. [Summer 2018, p.89]
  6. Jun 29, 2018
    56
    Its intentions are noble. Yet the album’s sentiments are often bogged down by cloying lyrics and worn-out arrangements. At times, the music feels conspicuously out of character for a band that has historically made tactful, if occasionally bland, rock’n’roll.
  7. Jun 25, 2018
    55
    Dawes’ latest may well sound fresh and new, or at least vaguely soulful, if you don’t know it’s a retread, but Passwords is all too easy to crack, and what’s inside isn’t really worth protecting when others have been doing it all better for decades.
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  1. Jul 24, 2018
    9
    Taylor Goldsmith & Dawes supply another smooth-sounding record with a decidedly less-edgy outlook. The brother harmonies (drummer Griffin) areTaylor Goldsmith & Dawes supply another smooth-sounding record with a decidedly less-edgy outlook. The brother harmonies (drummer Griffin) are as good as the Avetts or Milk Carton Kids. Or even Simon & Garfunkel. In fact, many of the songs could have come from a long-lost Paul Simon solo project -- wry, sometimes heartfelt lyrics and Tin Pan melodies creating aural masterpieces. It's almost as if Goldsmith has finally found some peace in his relationships. Expand