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Mine Is Yours

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2011 release from the Southern California Alt-Rockers. Since their modest beginnings as four guys who drove around southern California with their gear in their cars, packing whatever they could steal a space, Cold War Kids have always exhibited two qualities in their music, intense passion and emotional truth. Lithe and percussive, roaring and tuneful, the soul-punk on the Long Beach quartet's first two albums Robbers & Cowards and Loyalty To Loyalty emerged like miniature Goth novels. Singer Nathan Willett channeled taut dramas of men on the edge, families in peril, and crises of faith. The musical literature of these four tight-knit friends-Willett, Jonnie Russell, Matt Maust and Matt Aveiro was a sound that augured something bigger, something more universal.


1. Mine Is Yours
2. Louder Than Ever
3. Royal Blue
4. Finally Begin
5. Out Of The Wilderness
6. Skip The Charades
7. Sensitive Kid
8. Bulldozer
9. Broken Open
10. Cold Toes On The Cold Floor
11. Flying Upside Down

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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B004AE24HO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
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For what was once an indie rock group, Cold War Kids now has a very commercial sound. And that's understandable because the band currently records for one of the biggest companies around, Universal Music Group, as a part of their Interscope label. They've toured with Death Cab for Cutie and, on this CD, their third, worked with producer Jacquire King. King has helped to make successes of Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon, to whom the Kids bear more than a passing sonic resemblance.

Sounding slicker in the years since they released their first EPs is probably inevitable, but that's not necessarily a failing. There's always a market for well played, passionately sung, cleverly written songs with catchy melodic hooks. And these things "Mine Is Yours" has in spades. This music is less idiosyncratic and more mainstream than on previous releases, but it's an evolution rather than a complete change of pace. These are clearly the same fellows -- they've just matured and gotten more professional.

The title track sets the pace for the entire album. Like many of the songs on the CD, it's an anthemic blending of rock and Americana, starting quietly and building to a climax on the strength of insistent percussion, layers of guitars, and the ringing vocals of front man Nathan Willett.

The second track is the lead single, "Louder Than Ever," but it's the quirky third cut, "Royal Blue," that grabs me. It has an irresistible bass-driven beat and just as much radio-friendly potential as "Louder." The fourth song, "Finally Begin," is also enjoyable but more conventional, while the next two, "Out of the Wilderness" and "Skip the Charades," are among the strongest material on the album, adding emotional lyrics and haunting harmonies to the Kids' signature sound.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Some name on October 13, 2011
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Wow, this album is shockingly bad. I don't know what they changed, but Cold War kids have lost everything that made them interesting and gone with a much more polished, dare I say easy-listening sound with this album. Has there been a major line-up change? New producer? Whatever it is, it's terrible and has destroyed the band's sound. Even if you're a fan of the band, I'd pass on this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By j. d. greenwood on March 26, 2011
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some real winners on this album, but a little bit too much of a change from their original stuff for me to be comfortable. I needed to listen to it 4 times over before I felt like I could say I liked it. A little too much electronic and felt sorta 80's to me ... still a fan though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PuroShaggy on January 29, 2011
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Having read several music press reviews prior to purchasing this album, I expected to drop the metaphorical needle on this third full length release from the Cold War Kids and find myself subjected to yet another Kings of Leon release. Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and several other reviewers compared these Southern California boys latest effort to those Tennessee boys last record, and while both bands can be accused of occasionally dipping into tired rock cliches (the latter more than the former), I am happy to say that while "Yours is Mine" may be the band's most accessible effort, it undoubtedly sounds like a Cold War Kids album.
Chiming guitars, propulsive piano, a rhythm section churning the band forward without unnecessary clutter, and Nathan Willet's instantly recognizeable vocals are all here. Yes, some songs, including the mellow opener, start off with riffs and/or slowly building intros that are reminsicent of the stadium rocking anthems that Kings of Leon have made millions off of, but in true Cold War Kids fashion, all such musical preludes are soon abandoned for minor key musings and herky-jerky melodies that have come to define the band. "Louder than Ever" follows the forgettable opener (which is really the only lackluster track) with a melodic hook reminscent of the last EP's "Audience of One". "Royal Blue" and "Finally Begin" follow in similar fashion, mixing a pop sensibilty with the odd musical quirks that give the band its definitive sound while undermining that same pop sensibility.
While the album has its share of hooks, and contains often smart lyrics that you may find yourself quoting or singing to yourself once the album is finished, the parts fail to create a sum greater than its parts.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on January 25, 2011
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An eternal question in the indie industry - keep doggedly pursuing your artistic vision, maybe one defined by jagged bursts of post-punk and a singer whose just as likely to veer into screeching wails as he is a soulful hum, or get together and make something perhaps more palatable for your average rock listener? It's not too hard to see on what side Mine Is Yours falls - producer Jacquire King, whose behind-the-boards work catapulted Kings of Leon from Southern rock also-rans to multi-platinum lords of radio, is on hand, and singer Nathan Willett is content to focus on "love and relationships" in his lyrical matter. Top 40 listeners have something against hearing about family-ruining alcoholics, I guess. But what the band and King bring to the table now, however, is a refreshing tendency to keep things focused. It's less a sacrifice to the gods of modern rock radio and more a bushwhacking of the Kids' frustrating proclivity to fly off the rails on previous albums. Not that there wasn't something charming about it all on Robbers & Cowards or Loyalty to Loyalty, but Mine Is Yours largely succeeds on keeping the Kids' songwriting strengths on track.

That songwriting, of course, is what separates Cold War Kids from your Neon Trees or your Saving Abel. From funk-inflected anthems ("Royal Blue") to U2-esque mammoth rockers with arena aspirations ("Bulldozer"), Cold War Kids always have an outstanding hook on hand. Mine Is Yours never comes off as a chore to listen to, as some of the latter half of their earlier work did.
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