Cold War Kids: Dear Miss Lonelyhearts

12 Dec

The bigger, bolder, brighter sound Cold War Kids brought blaring through our car speakers on late-night highways and our earbuds on aching afternoon walks with Mine is Yours flows forth even bigger, even bolder, even brighter in Dear Miss Lonelyhearts

Deeper bass. Heavier drums. Starker yet somehow fuller-sounding, and armed to the teeth with lyrics raw and real enough only to spurt from the mouth of Nathan Willet, this is an album to lie on your back, close your eyes and just feel: the beats physically pulsing through you and the sentences slugging you in the stomach.

What I enjoy about listening to Cold War Kids’ newer music is that although their sound seems to constantly get smoother, tighter and more refined, the pictures they paint with Willet’s wild voice remain as gritty and untamed as they were at the start, and I’m reminded of a brilliant, irresponsible, hyperactive child who has grown to become disciplined and focused, yet retained their madcap creativity, now driven home more powerfully by the control they have grown into. This is a band coming of age: becoming more dextrous and immediately accessible; who your friends may finally start listening to now (much like your ingenious younger brother), but who you (I hope) have known were brilliant all along.

The lyrics this album are intimate. They stare you in the face like the friend you haven’t seen for months who somehow knows better than anyone else around you that you haven’t been having such a great time this year. The album title denoting letters to an advice column, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts bemoans the fears of any young creative in such a caged and caging society as this.

“I’m not the same kid. I grew up.
Didn’t I? Or did I get stuck?
You get older. It gets worse.
You be the good one that gives it up first.”

Listen to the whole album from start to finish, but play Miracle Mile and Bottled Affection the loudest.

Actually, just listen to the whole album as loudly as you can whist still actually hearing it.

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  1. Cold War Kids: Tuxedos EP | As of yet Untitled - 12 December 2013

    […] only two new songs by Cold War Kids, alongside a re-release of the “Tuxedos” track from Dear Miss Lonelyhearts; a barer, more intimate version of “Bottled Affection” from the same album, and covers […]

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