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Mine Is Yours
     

Mine Is Yours

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by Cold War Kids
 

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Some major retooling took place in Cold War Kids' world in the 12 months between the Behave Yourself EP and their third album, Mine Is Yours. Their last full-length, Loyalty to Loyalty, played like an unflattering caricature, all dragging tempos, grating vocals, and overdone

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Some major retooling took place in Cold War Kids' world in the 12 months between the Behave Yourself EP and their third album, Mine Is Yours. Their last full-length, Loyalty to Loyalty, played like an unflattering caricature, all dragging tempos, grating vocals, and overdone attempts at "bluesiness." Behave Yourself found the band on better behavior, with tighter songwriting and a sleeker approach, but just how much slicker Cold War Kids sound on Mine Is Yours is still kind of a shock. Where they used to sound like they wanted to play church basements and speakeasies, here they sound like they're gearing up for stadiums à la Kings of Leon. Aside from Nathan Willett's occasional vocal flourishes, the band puts aside any vestiges of its former rawness, coating everything in clean, glossy reverb that makes these modern rock songs go down easy. They're downright U2-ish on the title track, and "Skip the Charades" and "Flying Upside Down" aspire to anthem status. Every now and then, Cold War Kids remember their roots on Mine Is Yours, as on the sexy "Cold Toes on the Cold Floor" and "Royal Blue," both of which conjure the slinky nighttime grooves that used to be their bread and butter. For better or worse, this album is polished and mature -- words that never would have described Cold War Kids' music before.

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Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602527574615
catalogNumber:
001519602

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Mine Is Yours 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rather enjoyed this album. They got a new producer, went with a big studio, and used big, slick production. Nothing will ever compare to their 1st record, but a great display of what it sounds like when a band evolves...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago