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Just as producer Jacquire King spun the Kings Of Leon’s retro Southern rock into relevant radio gold, his Midas touch on Mine Is Yours gives Cold War Kids’ third studio album a huge panoramic sound where the band’s rough edges and raw narratives have been smoothed over with glistening guitar tones, sleek synth notes and lyrics that focus on relationships and monogamy. The title-track opens with the healthy pulse of a stroboscopic synthesizer as Nathan Willett croons soulfully locking into inflections that walk the line between Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock and Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas. The catchy “Louder Than Ever” plays like an insta-hit that filters Echo & The Bunnymen’s dark beauty with the Walkmen’s adoration of early U2. The less obvious “Out of the Wilderness” is a solid standout where a distorted bass rumbles below clicking percussion and Willett’s return to painful, poetic lyrics of introspection that all spiral out of control before a disarming breakdown tames the tune. “Sensitive Kid” flirts with handsome minimalism while “Cold Toes On the Cold Floor” takes a bluesy hint from Black Keys.

Customer Reviews

In Consideration.

A few thoughts on the "Mine is Yours":

-The production quality seems to be much, much higher than anything the CWKs have done so far, noticably so.

-The definitive "modern yet retro" feel of the CWKs seems to have been lost along with the improved sound quality.

-With a few possible stand-outs (The titular track, as well as the single "Louder Than Ever"), the album seems to have been pulled into a very generic pop-ish direction, losing a vast amount of the unique quality of the CWKs' sound and style. A notable point to raise is the quality of the instrumental sections, which have tremendously benefited from the increased production value. "Out of the Wilderness" is a prime example of this; the instrumental sections are truely the highlight of the song, and possibly the album.

-After listening to the entire album straight through, I can't say that any song stands out in particular, sort of blending together into a singular style and feel. I wouldn't by any stretch call the album bad, but I wouldn't either call it glowing, unique, or progressive.

A particular thought that hit me after listening was that there wasn't a single song that I felt I needed to go back and listen to again.

Perhaps the album will grow on me with time; many do. I, on the other hand, cannot say definitively whether or not this album was a step forward, or a step back.

Great Album, Hipster Snobs Get Over Yourselves

Great album back to front. I've loved everything the Kids have put out, and this is no different. Just because a band tweaks their sound, it doesn't mean they're "selling out" (whatever that means). Do us all a favor and just get over yourselves and enjoy the music.


Pitchfork gave it a 4/10 so that should already tell you that this is a great album.


Formed: Fullerton, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Embracing influences as diverse as Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, and the Velvet Underground, Cold War Kids grew from blog darlings into a band with a contemporary yet classic sound. Founding members vocalist/guitarist/pianist Nathan Willett, bassist Matt Maust, drummer Matt Aveiro, and guitarist Jonnie Russell began crafting their soulful, blues-inflected take on indie rock as Cold War Kids in 2004, recording demos in Los Angeles soon after they formed. After signing to Monarchy Music,...
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