Album Review: Cold War Kids

James Kracht

     The Cold War Kids’ new album Mine Is Yours came out January 25 as the band’s third full length album. It continues the Kids’ hard minor progressions from their previous album Loyalty to Loyalty while still managing to branch into new territories. Lyrically this album lacks a definitive motif but in the lofty chords, which switch between minor keys and major keys, the listener gets a sense that this is an album of hope. The song Louder Than Ever– one of the singles released from this album- is reminiscent of their past work, which is really a shame as it’s hard to compete with the material from their first album Robbers and Cowards. This breakthrough album utilized classic blues techniques and attacked music with a minimalist approach of off-beat drums with loud emotional guitar; bringing out soft acoustic guitar and twangy piano when you least expected it. With Mine Is Yours the songs have more organization, and carry progressions reminiscent of the Kings of the Leon, a band that I would never peg cold war kids to emulate. All in all, this album has created a few good singles that are really worth listening to. Those looking to take a closer look at the band or hear some of their new material live can catch their upcoming show at Stubb’s BBQ April 1.