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Dear Miss Lonelyhearts

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Based on Miss Lonelyhearts, Nathanael West's 1933 novel about the mental breakdown of an advice columnist, Cold War Kids’ fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, is somewhat conceptual. The newfound energy here might be because former Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils guitarist Dann Gallucci joined the band shortly after original guitarist Jonny Russell departed. Gallucci also helped mix these recordings alongside producer Lars Stalfors (Matt & Kim and Funeral Party). “Miracle Mile” opens with a piano pounding out notes just as hard as Matt Aveiro's ham-fisted drumming. Over this, Nathan Willett sings with a dire urgency unheard in preceding albums. “Lost That Easy” follows with muted drum machines and the low, buzzing distortion of synthesizers that recall early recordings by Depeche Mode and New Order. This spills over into “Loner Phase,” which—with its baritone guitar leads and fluttering keyboard tones—sounds like Peter Hook sat in the mixing chair. This approach fits Aveiro’s high tenor like a well-tailored tuxedo. Speaking of which, “Tuxedos” waltzes with the sweltering soul of the group's first album.

Customer Reviews

Rating BEFORE full listen??

Most of these ratings are worthless, seeing as they are all about excitement about more shows and how the song previews sound. I have listened to the record 3 times through and have to say I am quite disappointed. Releasing a single like "Miracle Mile" which has all the potential for a favorite summer time jam is deceiving when it comes to the entire records vibe. The majority of the record is very solemn and slow. I was hoping for a CWC album to blast with my windows down, this summer. Unfortunately, the majority of the album is a downer. It fits a winter time sadness and not a new blooming spring. Very disappointing. I don't know why they chose to go this route but I wish they didn't.

So excited

This means more concerts!

Yes it deserves five stars.

While I loved Loyalty to Loyalty and Mine Is Yours, there was always something lacking that Robbers & Cowards had. DMLH brings that missing something back in full swing. These are by far some of Cold War Kids most powerful songs since their debut. Fear & Trembling is hands down worth the price of 10$ alone. While Tuxedos is also a longer powerhouse track like Fear & Trembling while Miracle Mile, Bottled Affection, and Jailbird are short but pack a punch. So it's okay CWK fans. Rejoice. The best band around is back and firing on all cylinders.


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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