Best Album of 2015 To: Put On When Planning A Class Reunion For One

First Bite: “I Can’t Think About It Now”

Nostalgia is a strong and influential feeling and Dawes’ All Your Favorite Bands is big fat dose of it. “Things Happen” preaches not to worry about what can’t be undone. “All Your Favorite Bands” preaches continuity and reflects on past traditions. Especially the latter of the aforementioned really gets to me. It got me thinking of how much it still affects me when a favorite childhood band breaks up or I throw on an old favorite like Green Day’s “Warning”. I don’t even like Green Day anymore but I LITERALLY wore this CD out in middle school from listening to it so much and I still spin it on occasion for a good trip down memory lane. To keep going with the Warped Tour bands of old, when Blink-182 broke up (again) this past year it really got me down. Their angsty records got me though my youth and it feels unsettling to know they probably will never play together again.

I know that was quite the aside from the Dawes album being discussed, but this album has a way of getting me to take my mind off of what I’m doing in the present and really reflect on the past.

Ryan Quinn

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