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[Album Review] Cold War Kids "Mine Is Yours"

Cold War Kids So, the Cold War Kids are back at it again and this album...isn't really special.  I have to say that I am a fairly big Cold War Kids fan.  I like the sound of lead singer Nathan Willett.  He has a painful drawl that sucks you in.  No doubt that he is a good singer, but this album really doesn't have much behind it.  I was longing for a Robbers & Cowards album that drew me in with classics like "Hang Me Up To Dry" and "Hospital Beds."  This album feels much safer and blander than any of their previous efforts.  There is something to be said for expanding on your previous sound, but sometimes it's like making a sequel that doesn't really feel warranted.  Indiana Jones 4 anyone? That said, there are some pretty decent songs in the bunch.  I really enjoyed "Sensitive Kid" and "Bulldozer," and even found myself drifting to those songs after hearing some of the prior rubbish.  Here is "Bulldozer" below: I think that this song is the best on the album.  If the whole album were encompassed by this sound, this would be gold.  But, sadly, it doesn't.  It feels mean to say it, but I found myself bored by a lot of their songs.  They just didn't do it for me. Songs I recommend: Mine Is Yours, Sensitive Kid, Bulldozer, Broken Open, Royal Blue, Out of The Wilderness. Overall: I think that Cold War Kids are an enigmatic group that has had flashes of brilliance, but this albums feels very contrived at points.  I recommend a couple of songs on it and no doubt there will be several fans who will love it, but it just wasn't for me.  They have to learn how to explore their sound more.  I look forward to what Cold War Kids will be doing in the future and I hope that this album will just be a slight blip on the radar of a great career.  They have the potential for greatness and it shows on this album, but it also shows on the album that they have some more work to do. -Soren Nieminen

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