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Mine Is Yours [CD]

Cold War Kids Audio CD
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COLD WAR KIDS are proud to announce the release of their third studio album - “MINE IS YOURS” - via Downtown Records / Cooperative Music on 24th January. The band enlisted Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse) to record and produce the eleven song collection over a period of three months in Nashville TN, and Los Angeles, CA.

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  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2 Coop
  • ASIN: B004AE24HO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mine Is Yours
2. Louder Than Ever
3. Royal Blue
4. Finally Begin
5. Out Of The Wilderness
6. Skip The Charades
7. Sensitive Kid
8. Bulldozer
9. Broken Open
10. Cold Toes On The Cold Floor
11. Flying Upside Down

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BBC Review

At their best, California’s Cold War Kids balance overwrought bluster with undeniable and engaging self-belief, evident in the jackhammer riffs of songs like Hang Me Out to Dry or Something Is Not Right with Me. A lot of this is due to Nathan Willett’s impressively jagged tones, which, matched to his tales of down-and-out drinkers, destitute hospital patients and weary poets, communicate a dual sense of romance and ennui that brought about major excitement at their arrival proper with Robbers & Cowards half a decade ago.

Mine Is Yours marks the first time an outside producer has worked with the quartet, the results constituting a decidedly mixed bag. Jacquire King – who’s previously worked with Kings of Leon and Modest Mouse – expands and broadens the band’s sound to the point where shimmering electric guitars cloak the hard edges that made them such a force to be reckoned with in the first place. Meanwhile, Willett’s lyrics take a turn for the insular, focusing on "relationships and commitment" and for the most part forsaking the storytelling nous he developed on previous records.

Which isn’t to say that the record is an unmitigated disaster – just that it lacks the one thing Cold War Kids always had going for them, even when their albums didn’t flow as smooth or efficiently as this one: impact. When the band does ramp up the intensity the results are admirable, such as on the sprawling Out of the Wilderness, which breaks down at its halfway point only to bow out amid a haze of blistering righteousness. But if that song reinforces the band’s strengths, the following Skip the Charades places their weaknesses front and centre: Willett’s lyrics faintly awful, the whole thing hopelessly meek where it should sound impassioned. Elsewhere, though, Louder Than Ever boasts a sweet enough chorus while Royal Blue opens minimal only to expand into a playful, melodic ditty.

Indeed, there’s enough here to suggest Cold War Kids will eventually make good on the promise that haltingly accompanies them. But for now, Mine Is Yours occupies an unremarkable middle ground somewhere between their bluesy, abrasive tendencies and the kind of staidly proficient indie-rock that surely wasn’t part of the plan to begin with.

--James Skinner

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthems? Yep, we got 'em 9 Feb 2011
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No longer the bloggers favourites, with this release the critics have them as trying to "do a Kings of Leon" (same producers), but what we actually have here is if anything, even less fashionable - largely ditching the white trash blues storytelling in favour of - wait for it - the build-`em-up falsetto anthems of mid '90s indie alwaysthebridesmaids mancunians James (they of the daisy t-shirts). No, really - listen to Bulldozer to see what I mean.

So that makes this a giant leap forward!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Tom
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Length: 1:03 Mins
As a long time fan of Cold War Kids, and a massive fan of the last 2 albums of CWK I was really excited to hear this was coming and I had heard they were working with the producer who made the last two kings of Leon record's. You could say there is a slight similarity between Kings of Leon and Cold War Kids in terms of the singing style and rawness of his voice and bluesy guitar style. So fans of the last 2 kings albums would I'm sure really enjoy this album. Totally recommend to fans of Kings of leon, jeff buckley, killers, counting crows, jack white and any of the bands he has been a part of.

From opener 'Mine Is Yours' a slow building track that grows around his vocals and the piano. Nice chorus, interweaving bluesy guitar lead. to track 2 'Louder Than Ever' Big big song, reminds me of the Killers a little bit in the verses in his singing style/speed, awesome catchy chorus. 'Royal Blue' Gorgeous vocal, fantastic guitar and bongo drums, superb piano and the biggest chorus ever, my favourite on the album so far. Really sets them apart from any KOL here. ' Finally Begin' Awesome lyrics and story teller style build. Makes me think of counting crows a little bit. Love his voice on this one. 'Out of the wilderness' Layed back guitar built song with guitar looping bridges and explosive chorus and outstanding vocals. 'Skip The Charades' Slow burner, but no less of a brilliant song 'Sensitive Kid' Most unusual song on the album, electronic beat, stand out vocals on the album, raw and smooth all at the same time. Reminds me of some of the stripped back songs on the last album that i loved!! In my top 3 songs on the album. 'Bulldozer Builder of a song, awesome guitar wall of sound build with great vocals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great, but VERY Kings Of Leon 7 Feb 2011
By Doc
Format:Audio CD
First off, I want to say I loved this album. Sure, the first half is stronger than the second but overall it's really strong. My only concern is the similarities with Kings Of Leon, particularly on tracks 1, 4 and 6. These are near note perfect copies of KOL style (at least, the style of the last two albums, where KOL changed), which I'm sure is down to the use of the same producer. Can't complain, as these are the albums that saw KOL change both style and sales, but I loved CWK before!

Maybe it's unfair to criticise CWK for this, perhaps it's more the producer who has run out of ideas and has just done the same thing to them as he did with KOL, as it's proved successful in the past? Don't get me wrong, these songs are great, whoever they sound like, and I hope this album sees CWK reach the audience they deserve. It's just a shame they're not doing it on their own terms, sounding like they did before!

Listen to the album and make your own mind up, but I challenge you not to hear KOL in the chorus of Skip The Charades!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 Feb 2011
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Big Cold War Kids fan since my visit to the USA in 2007. 'Robbers and Cowards' was edgy and sublime. 'Mine is yours' is up there with that. Although they've gone off in a slightly different direction, with a tint of 70's/80's this album is amazing, not a bad song. The more you listen, the more you want to listen and the better it gets. Perfect. Buy this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A strong album, though it flags a bit in the second half 25 Jan 2011
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on
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For what was once an indie rock group, Cold War Kids now has a very commercial sound. And that's understandable because the band currently records for one of the biggest companies around, Universal Music Group, as a part of their Interscope label. They've toured with Death Cab for Cutie and, on this CD, their third, worked with producer Jacquire King. King has helped to make successes of Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon, to whom the Kids bear more than a passing sonic resemblance.

Sounding slicker in the years since they released their first EPs is probably inevitable, but that's not necessarily a failing. There's always a market for well played, passionately sung, cleverly written songs with catchy melodic hooks. And these things "Mine Is Yours" has in spades. This music is less idiosyncratic and more mainstream than on previous releases, but it's an evolution rather than a complete change of pace. These are clearly the same fellows -- they've just matured and gotten more professional.

The title track sets the pace for the entire album. Like many of the songs on the CD, it's an anthemic blending of rock and Americana, starting quietly and building to a climax on the strength of insistent percussion, layers of guitars, and the ringing vocals of front man Nathan Willett.

The second track is the lead single, "Louder Than Ever," but it's the quirky third cut, "Royal Blue," that grabs me. It has an irresistible bass-driven beat and just as much radio-friendly potential as "Louder." The fourth song, "Finally Begin," is also enjoyable but more conventional, while the next two, "Out of the Wilderness" and "Skip the Charades," are among the strongest material on the album, adding emotional lyrics and haunting harmonies to the Kids' signature sound.

The song "Sensitive Kid" is not nearly as precious as its title suggests, with its jagged, pounding, boom-box rhythms and a resentful vocal reminding us that "sensitive kids start acting like a grown up." The eighth cut, "Bulldozer," starts tentatively and takes the longest of any on the album to swell to its U2-like climax -- but what a finish! Next is "Broken Open," which unfortunately sounds too much like other tracks on the album; nothing sets it apart or makes it particularly memorable for me. That's not to say it's a bad song; most pop groups would kill for anything half as resonant.

The CD winds up with "Cold Toes on the Cold Floor" and "Flying Upside Down," the former eccentric in both rhythm and subject matter, the latter growing from a pensive intro to a thrashing, wailing, wall-of-sound peak. The Kids throw the kitchen sink into this one, and it shows.

If you enjoy their associated groups and previous recordings, you'll find the Cold War Kids' newest release worthwhile. It's really grown on me. Considering the highs they reach, I can understand why it's hard to maintain the same levels of creativity or musical momentum throughout the full length of the album.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to Cold War Kids? 13 Oct 2011
By Adam T. Smith - Published on
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Wow, this album is shockingly bad. I don't know what they changed, but Cold War kids have lost everything that made them interesting and gone with a much more polished, dare I say easy-listening sound with this album. Has there been a major line-up change? New producer? Whatever it is, it's terrible and has destroyed the band's sound. Even if you're a fan of the band, I'd pass on this album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars off the beaten path 26 Mar 2011
By j. d. greenwood - Published on
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some real winners on this album, but a little bit too much of a change from their original stuff for me to be comfortable. I needed to listen to it 4 times over before I felt like I could say I liked it. A little too much electronic and felt sorta 80's to me ... still a fan though.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been decent. 27 April 2011
By S. Martin - Published on
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The reason why this isn't a 4 or 5 star review is because it doesn't sound like cold war kids anymore. I have it on vinyl and cd and the problem I came to discover is that the guitars aren't present enough. All I hear are drums and vocals. Not that the vocals are bad but seriously. The guy who mixed this ought to be shot. It needs more guitar. I have never felt this way about an album being a vocal performance major its usually been vocals that either make or break an album for me. So if i am noticing it, it must be lacking. I love the lyrics tho. And I wish that the lead singer would bring back more of his style.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More accessible but still sounds like CWK 29 Jan 2011
By PuroShaggy - Published on
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Having read several music press reviews prior to purchasing this album, I expected to drop the metaphorical needle on this third full length release from the Cold War Kids and find myself subjected to yet another Kings of Leon release. Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and several other reviewers compared these Southern California boys latest effort to those Tennessee boys last record, and while both bands can be accused of occasionally dipping into tired rock cliches (the latter more than the former), I am happy to say that while "Yours is Mine" may be the band's most accessible effort, it undoubtedly sounds like a Cold War Kids album.
Chiming guitars, propulsive piano, a rhythm section churning the band forward without unnecessary clutter, and Nathan Willet's instantly recognizeable vocals are all here. Yes, some songs, including the mellow opener, start off with riffs and/or slowly building intros that are reminsicent of the stadium rocking anthems that Kings of Leon have made millions off of, but in true Cold War Kids fashion, all such musical preludes are soon abandoned for minor key musings and herky-jerky melodies that have come to define the band. "Louder than Ever" follows the forgettable opener (which is really the only lackluster track) with a melodic hook reminscent of the last EP's "Audience of One". "Royal Blue" and "Finally Begin" follow in similar fashion, mixing a pop sensibilty with the odd musical quirks that give the band its definitive sound while undermining that same pop sensibility.
While the album has its share of hooks, and contains often smart lyrics that you may find yourself quoting or singing to yourself once the album is finished, the parts fail to create a sum greater than its parts. "Robbers and Cowards" still stands as the band's masterpiece, and the ebb and flow that the band created with that album, with the slower songs balancing the aggression of the more over-the-top numbers, is not achieved here. While many found their second album to be a little too low key, this album may be a little too mid-tempo. Nothing really rocks, but then nothing really takes its time and wrings out your emotions either. There are some bright spots, without a doubt. "Sensitive Kid", which starts off with an odd eighties' electronic drum beat, hints at the accomplished storytelling that "We Used to Vacation" impressed us all with, while "Cold Toes on the Cold Floor" nearly captures the passion that the band brought to "Saint John". In both cases, however, the band sounds restrained, as if they are unwilling or no longer able to deliver the goods as effectively as they did on that first full length release.
Don't get me wrong- I like this album. I finish it and want to listen to it again, always discovering a smart lyric or musical hook I missed before. Yes, the music is slightly more "pop" than previous efforts, especially the underrated "Loyalty to Loyalty", but it is still undeniably the Cold War Kids. The band may be still looking for their true identity, and if so, as long as they keep making albums like this, the fans will be happy. Smart indie rock with a dose of pop- well worth the money.
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