Cold War Kids

Hold My Home

Downtown

Nov 13, 2014 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


Hold My Home moves in several directions at once, each with varying degrees of success. The celebratory New Wave drive of "Hotel Anywhere" and the title track suit Cold War Kids well, like the optimistic side of the more solemn synthpop Lonelyhearts coin. The anthemic sing-alongs (see "Drive Desperate") seem a bit on the nose for a band that can write a song like the soaring "First," an obvious album highlight that showcases the best of Nathan Willett's fierce vocal delivery and keen ear for emotive melody. The band's stylistic exploration is brave and admirable, but Home suffers most from a lack of consistency. (www.coldwarkids.com)

Author rating: 6/10

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