I went out and bought Stories Don't End a few weeks ago, and it proved to be an absolutely fantastic album. I love Dawes already, but it's certainly my favorite album from them yet. The only little issue I have is that it doesn't seem to have any really emotionally piercing pieces to the tune of "Peace In The Valley" or "Little Bit Of Everything", and seems to deal out the emotion in smaller doses. The mastering and layering of the music, though, and the nearly storylike flow of the songs, is phenomenal.
Another release I just got recently and have fallen in love with is the new Jim James solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. The music from My Morning Jacket's frontman is smooth and cool and almost reminiscent of Nick Drake at points, with floating guitars and voices that are so detailed, yet still very laid-back and not piercing in the least. However, this isn't a slow album like a lot of Nick Drake's stuff, and Jim James doesn't have a voice like the more famous singer's at all. It's hard to describe, but worth a listen. The single, "New Life", is one of the poppiest pieces of the album. It also was produced by Jim James himself, and the production value is outstanding as artist-produced albums go.
Edited by ssrock64 - 5/27/13 at 5:08pm