- Vinyl (3 Mar. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Downtown Records/Red
- ASIN: B000I2IRD2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Robbers & Cowards [VINYL]
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Top Customer Reviews
Lyrically, the album deals with alcoholism, street fights and life in hospitals and prisons, giving it a Southern USA feeling. The band plays with great energy and are not afraid to use sudden lurches in tempo and pace which work well.
Particular stand-out tracks are the opening two, especially `Hang Me Out to Dry' with its echoing guitar motif and strident vocals, but the record is strong throughout.
On the downside, Nathan Williett's vocals, whilst full of passion and power, do grate occasionally as they are high-pitched and a little atonal, but don't let this put you off as `Robbers & Cowards' is a very impressive debut..
The startling thing about the album is that each song appears to grab and throw you into a story set in (?rural) america with v basic,evocative thundering drums, pianos, loud bass and the fragile and sometimes unreachable high notes reached by the lead singer, Nathan Willett: you can imagine yourself there!!From the all-too-true view of the patient in Hospital Beds to the recovering alcoholic on the opener We Used To Vacation-this is powerful stuff...
Theres a bit of americana/Jack White/stripped down but powerful- even film noir-about the whole album. Apart from the above mentioned standout (and classic) tracks, highlights must include Saint John with its stop-start brilliance and raw drums:the jangliness of Rubidoux: the ride through a rockabilly start to not so rockabilly end of Hair Down.
I wouldn't be surprised if this was a sleeper hit of the year.....it really deserves to be!
Other standout tracks are: Hospital Beds, We Used To Vacation, We Used To Vacation, Hair Down and Passing The Hat.
For me, this was one of the best albums i have heard for a few years. It is so unique and their live performances echo the brilliance of this album.
If you are thinking of buying this album, just buy it! You will be glad you did.
I particular like the more unusual 'Saint John' & 'Hospital beds'.
This is a really good album which I recommend highly. A bit bluesy, a bit rocky & with just that little bit of soul.A great keyboard player,good bassist & drummer.'Nathan Willett' is a great vocalist too.
Listen to the samplers & then check out this album. You won't be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So glad I caught a performance of this band for two songs. Immediately bought the album and it's a gem. Insightful lyrics, literary and good stories within great tunes.Published 20 months ago by SJP
I first heard 'hang me out to dry' on Facebook and instantly loved its clever use of lyrics and random piano sets. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2013 by Sophie Parker
`Robbers and Cowards' is a good rock n roll album from Cold War Kids and from the album opener `We Used To Vacation' you get a good feel of what is on offer here. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2010 by Spider Monkey
I first started to know about Cold War Kids after hearing Hang Me Up To Dry which I thought was superb, and then I heard Hospital Beds which I assumed was off a later album,... Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2009 by M. P. Wainika
A struggle. To sum it up. Likened to bands such as The French Kicks, Jeff Buckley and The White Stripes this album should have been a sure fire winner. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2007 by M. Speller
I agree with Amazons view. A great start with four or five great songs. Most notably the current single. After that it fades.Published on 7 July 2007 by sknarfr