[ALBUM REVIEW] Cold War Kids: Hold My Home
While the men of Cold War Kids have seen years come and pass, their sound has only grown more solid. They are at once the soldiers of soul and the princes of pop, whipping ooh’s and ahh’s into heaps of harmony that only a fool would deny. Since the 2006 debut of Robbers & Cowards, the consistency of their output continues to gain weight and the quality has not suffered one bit. Holding true to their roots, the Kids have teamed up with their long-time pals at Downtown Records to bring their fifth full-length effort entitled Hold My Home.
We’re greeted with keys as rich as chocolate bars that carry the album’s opener, “All This Could Be Yours.” It’s a powerhouse of a tune that sets the table for a feast of musical delights while frontman Nathan Willet pleads with an estranged lover stating that, “I have been patient, but you’ve got to try, and all this could be yours.” The group wastes little time between hits rolling right into “First” which narrates the timeline of trying times with a chorus admitting, “First you get hurt, then you feel sorry.” While the track brings an initial flavor of Band Of Horses’ “The Funeral”, the riff is brought to life with the crackle of hand-claps and empowering vocals. The album continues in a wondrous fashion making it impossible for the listener to skip any given track as it presents it’s heavy guitars in “Drive Desperate” and the fuzzy loving bass work of the title track “Hold My Home.”
The already brimming album pours over it’s edges once it “...reaches out when you’re gone” and requests “...the salt in the wound for another song”, in the aptly titled “Flower Drum Song.” Before we can lose ourselves in the garden blossoming before us, the curtain is torn down with the soul drenched “Harold Bloom.” Willet’s quavering voice opens the door to a tender piano that serves as the song’s focal point while the rest of the band begs us not to “lift your heroes up so high that you can’t touch”; a task I’m struggling to abide by after this dreamy work of musical gold has worked it’s way through my eager ears.
Californians will be spoiled with an appearance by the Long Beach-based group at Los Angeles’ Regent Theatre November 20th which will precede a stop at Oakland’s Fox Theater November 21st. Be sure to save the date and pick up the album which saw it’s release October 21st.