Peanut’s Playground: How Something New That Seemed To Be Shite Turned Out To Be Quite Good And Mine Is Yours By Cold War Kids

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Now this is a release that I have been waiting for like fucking forever! Well actually the wait’s only been a little less than 3 years but it sure felt like forever to me, but finally FINALLY it’s here:

Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours

And fuck what a disappointment this album was at first listen!

Wanna know why? Lemme tell you why.

I saw Cold War Kids play live at the Amsterdam Paradiso somewhere in 2006, and they were the most intense act I had ever witnessed on stage. These guys were nothing less than possessed! The drummer was pounding away. The singer ripped his lungs out and the guitars seared with emotion drenched in blood, sweat and tears. They were in one word, amazing!

This is the kind of amazing that I’m talking about:

Imagine my surprise when the first song from Mine Is Yours that actually draw my attention was this one:

Finally Begin

WTF??!! This can’t be the same band!

Don’t get me wrong here; I like this song. I actually like it a lot, but it sounds like something that George Michael could’ve released. And the sound of Ol’ Georgiakis Michaelopopopopoplis isn’t exactly what I had expected from these here guys.

Anyway the initial surprise eventually turned into utter disappointment. Disappointment made me stop listening to the album. Even more so, disappointment actually made me afraid to listen to the album any further. I was actually afraid of the fact that I might start to like this new direction that Cold War Kids had gone into.

In the end it was the sheer quality of Finally Begin managed to steer me to the dark light side and I decided to push on, and what I found surprised me.

Sure there were more songs in the same vein as Finally Begin (read: darn right cathcy/poppy) but not as much as one might expect. Four songs turned out to be ‘new style’. The other 7 could’ve fit in snugly with the band’s previous releases. Intense songs, firmly rooted in blue-collar American rock traditions. And I like ’em!

All in all this turned out to be a wild ride for a devoted fan like me, but with a happy ending after all. I see this album spinning in my iTunes for quite some time to come. Go check it out!

Download Mine Is Yours Here

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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3 comments for “Peanut’s Playground: How Something New That Seemed To Be Shite Turned Out To Be Quite Good And Mine Is Yours By Cold War Kids

  1. Andrew
    January 24, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Two sentances that I really can’t understand:

    ‘I like this song. I actually like it a lot.’ followed by

    ‘surprise eventually turned into utter disappointment’.

    Why the dissapointment if you not only like it, but like it alot? Would you rather have hated it but it been less ‘poppy’. To me it screams of this continuing allergy on music blogs to like anything that doesn’t sound like it was put together by a sufferer of tourettes.

    I love Cold War Kids, saw them at one of their very first UK shows and they blew me away. You’re 100% right about their intensity. I gave Mine Is Yours 8/10 on my site as I believe that, although it’s a more streamlined sound, some of the songs on it are incredibly well written, and sound fantastic.

    Mine Is Yours
    Louder Than Ever
    Royal Blue
    Out Of The Wilderness
    Skip The Charades

    All of these songs stand up as some of the best in the bands catalogue. 2 albums in, it was time for something new.

  2. Hairrocket
    February 12, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    not sure how i feel about these guys these days

  3. April 9, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    i will agree it is very different from their old stuff, but it is the quality of the vocal tone that makes this band special I think, and although this album didn’t have the greatest of the tracks such as Hang Me Up to Dry and Hospital Beds, it was still good

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