Cold War Kids | Dear Miss Lonelyhearts (Downtown)

Miss LonelyheartsIt starts off fairly well, with the bluesy, roots rock I enjoyed so much in the past, but brought up to date.

 

I’ve always been intrigued by singers with what I like to call “unconventional” voices. I’m not shy about it. This is what led me to discover Cold War Kids when they debuted with Robbers & Cowards. Singer Nathan Willett has one of those gritty, raw voices that isn’t afraid to go all falsetto on you. I’m a sucker for those.

The last two CWK albums, however, were a mixed bag of decent and duds. And while I feel like their latest album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, kind of delves back into what made them attractive to my ears, I hate to say that it misses for me.

Some of the highlights of the album come right at the beginning, with the first three songs: “Miracle Mile,” “Lost That Easy,” and “Loner Phase.” It starts off fairly well, with the bluesy, roots rock I enjoyed so much in the past, but brought up to date. I get moments where I hear elements of The Killers, Vampire Weekend, and Florence + the Machine and get excited to see where the rest of the album is headed, but then it sort of falls flat. Lonelyhearts goes into cruise control with some songs that just don’t stir any emotion in me. I want it to, but it becomes a snoozer.

It took Cold War Kids a few albums to get back to what I like about them. If the first part of Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is any indication, I think we’re in for a solid album next time around. | Kiernan Scrima

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