The Cold War Kids

 

The Cold War Kids

Robbers & Cowards

Downtown Records

The Cold War Kids are staking claim as one of the few current buzz bands that actually deliver the goods. Having spent time on the road with Tapes N’ Tapes and the Futureheads, they have produced an album full of gems. Their first full-length release, Robbers & Cowards, can easily draw comparisons to Remy Zero, Robbers on High Street, Spoon, the rawness of the White Stripes and many others. The album is filled with upright piano and often sounds as if it were recorded live with some improvisation and some mistakes they decided were just too good to rerecord.

Front man Nathan Willet has one of the more soulful voices to come out in a while. The album opens with the moodiest cut, “We Used to Vacation.” Willet sings, “Natural disasters on the evening news, still things could be much worse,” and you have no choice but to believe him. The album winds through a collection of songs filled with loose guitars, polished and powerful vocals and a banging piano.

Robbers & Cowards has some low points, but how many records these days don’t? The album certainly doesn’t break any new ground, but delivers tunes worth buying and the promise of a live show that should be worth seeing.

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