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Robbers & Cowards

Cold War KidsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B000I2IRDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Used To Vacation
2. Hang Me Up To Dry
3. Tell Me In The Morning
4. Hair Down
5. Passing The Hat
6. Saint John
7. Robbers
8. Hospital Beds
9. Pregnant
10. Red Wine, Success!
11. God, Make Up Your Mind
12. Rubidoux

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

You've heard at least three dozen bands like Cold War Kids already. Bands fascinated with the first Strokes album and bent on expanding the promise of that artistically ill-fated group; bands bent on delivering records that have a fresh take on life in suburbia but offering instead a minor variation of angsty clichés; bands that have quirky-but-catchy takes on songwriting; bands that try a little too hard. As unique as some of the ideas on Robbers and Cowards are, it doesn't take long before Nathan Willett's vocals begin to grate (even when he channels Jeff Buckley during "Passing the Hat") and the time between the initial excitement that swells with the opening cut "We Used to Vacation" and the moment you realize that Cold War Kids is just another mainstream band over-mining a once fertile underground sound is short enough that you can cut your losses and find something more worthwhile. --Jedd Beaudoin

Product Description

This LA band has toured nationally with Two Gallants, Tapes 'N Tapes, Sound Team, and done Lollapalooza dates. They're known for their electric live shows and major publications have already taken notice, with coverage in Spin and a 4-star review in Rolling Stone. "A gorgeous piece of geek-rock soul...Bravo, kids!" - Rolling Stone. "Imagine the rawness of The White Stripes on day one. Or what Spoon would sound like at a church camp making music with found objects" - LA Weekly.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the catchiest record you'll ever hear October 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A confession: this review may be a bit impulsive or premature. I had never heard of the Cold War Kids until days ago. I caught the sample of "Hang Me Up to Dry" and instantly recognized it from somewhere. I have no idea where I know the song from, but I absolutely LOVE it. After sampling the rest of the CD I decided it was worth taking a chance. Having had the CD a few days now, the songs are just so darn listenable and catchy they are addictive. I probably will have to pry the CD out of my player soon just to avoid OD'ing on it. The group has a real gift for catchy melodies as evident in the aforementioned tune as well as in "We Used to Vacation" and "St. John." Really the CD is full of immediately catchy hooks and melodies that suck you in and don't let go ("Passing the Hat", etc.). Even if I overdose on them short term, I don't think I could ever hear these tunes without being captivated. They are just that good - instant classics for me. If you like your rock stripped down and raw with an edge, tinged with soul and containing a heaping helping of blues (think White Stripes), "Robbers and Cowards" will hit the spot.

I am shocked (and a little annoyed) by the presumptuous nature of the Amazon review (by Jedd Beaudoin). Perhaps the reviewer actually knows the band personally and can speak to such things, but probably not (I can be presumptuous as well!). The one kernel of truth in his review is that the Cold War Kids do "have quirky-but-catchy [...] songwriting." He nailed it there, but he then presumes to climb into their heads to speak about their motivations and aspirations. He accuses them of being "fascinated with the first Stokes album" and of "trying too hard.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is going on? June 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've never written a review on Amazon, but I feel compelled in this case. People are comparing Cold War Kids to Maroon 5? The Strokes? Do these people listen to music they're not told to? Sure, Maroon 5 adds a touch of soul to pop and The Strokes are a great band that relies on catchy '80's-style hooks, but CWK is something else entirely. They're rock first, with a Mississippi Delta influence.

The lyrics are unique in that they tell of the human condition, although not necessarily first hand. Wonderful music combined with touching lyrics equals a great band.

They are indeed one of the best live bands around, as I discovered them opening for Editors at The Fillmore, but the sound translates perfectly to home.

Maybe you don't dig the sound, but comparing them to some other random band doesn't make any sense. They have a style that might not be completely original, as Delta Spirit and a few other bands are of the same vein, but CWK does it the best, and with the most feeling.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta hand it to the Kids November 3, 2006
By t-diggs
Format:Audio CD
Hype is a funny thing...it makes people dislike bands before they even hear them. How anyone could not like something they never heard is a strange thought, but whats even stranger, is that even after people hear it, they still may not like it, even if they should....whatever circumstance you are coming from, you should like the Cold War Kids...

They are fun, brash, honest and creative. They are sincere and seem like a bunch of guys who are really having a good time. That is what rock and roll is supposed to be about. They play scathingly good live shows, bouncing around on stage and singing with vocal cords stretched to the limit. And they write the damn catchiest songs. The songs are inventive without having to be orchestral or using a catologue of quirky instruments. Instead it is stripped down. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Voice and some goddamn Soul. These Kids are bringing the soul back into the music. The singer channels Ornette Coleman and Nina Simones bastard child, and the band shambles along with a bluesy take on the Velvet Underground via Rolling Stones style rock and roll. A little slacker, a little swagger and a lot of Soul. A+++ in my book. and like I said, a GREAT live band...
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That amazon reviewer could not be MORE WRONG... March 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The final straw in deciding to write this review of the Cold War Kids latest album was the perfunctory and diminuitive review offered by the staff writer for amazon.com

It is interesting to note that the customers' reviews (ie. "average listener who doesn't get paid to write") are made up entirely of 5 star ratings.

This pattern should be at least somewhat instructive as to the quality of the "Robbers and Cowards" LP.

The Cold War Kid have completed the rare major debut "hat trick" that includes the following three qualities:

1. Powerful lyrics that tell amazing stories. (Think Bruce Springsteen, or to a lesser extent, Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows - those who craft songs that are clearly personal in some of their details but become universal in the emotions they express.)

2. Some of the catchiest choruses in high-brow indie rock since Death Cab for Cutie. These songs hook you from the first listen and actually get better the more you play them.

3. The skills to perform great live shows. Listen to their performance in SOHO for Apple (available on iTunes). These guys are musicians of the highest order and the lead vocals are strikingly powerful from top to bottom. I'm going to do a bit of driving to see them for myself when they come near my hometown.

This cd is my favorite of the year (pulling even with my favorite from last year, TV on the Radio's "Return to Cookie Mountain.)

I hope you enjoy it as well.

- S.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Jewel case was destroyed, cd had a deep scratch ...
Jewel case was destroyed, cd had a deep scratch at end of disc. But it was delivered a week before estimated.
Published 1 day ago by Ryan fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listen
One of my favorite albums!
Published 11 days ago by Trosbith
4.0 out of 5 stars I bought it for my young daughter
But anytime I give her the music she asks for, I burn it to my collection as well and give it a listen. This helps keep me from being oblivious to new stuff.
Published 1 month ago by s2ndsight
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold War Kids when they were good
Thanks a lot, Jacquire King. You helped rape Modest Mouse in 2004, you ruined Kings of Leon for us in 2008 (after working with Ethan Johns on one of the best albums of the 2003,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. W. Boone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I have known about this band for a while, but never took the time to listen to any of there other songs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ladyochem
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Why do you need me to describe my purchase in nineteen words or less? Cant I just type good to go?
Published 16 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
CD came in a great condition, barely any scratch on the jewel case. Love this CD. Worth buying if you like CWK.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album
Probably not one of my top albums. But I have listened to it a lot and enjoyed it. "Hang me up to dry" is a really great song. There a several good ones on the record.
Published 21 months ago by Kujosbigheist
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I thought a good number of your songs required quite a bit of skill and some depth to write. Of course, this is why you are popular in many circles. Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by Android
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing cd in Perfect Condition
This Cold War Kids cd is incredible. The cd I bought is in perfect condition. I recieved the cd very promptly too!
Published on January 13, 2012 by DaniB10
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