Cold War Kids
In contrast to the deafening blog-shouting that accompanied the Cold War Kids' 2006 debut, this year's release of their third LP, Mine Is Yours, prompted little more than a squeak. Now largely dismissed as simpering riders of a long-since-crashed wave of toothless indie pop, the Kids are getting older and slipping into a larger mainstream; their latest is a studio-polished radio-pop album. For the most part, they've abandoned what little menace they held to begin with, which doesn't sound like much of an endorsement -- but this seems like the place they belonged all along. Whereas before his voice sounded thin and skittish, Nathan Willett actually sounds at home among these arching melodies and sailing guitars.
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