Cold War Kids Are Back | Sound Stories & Interviews | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Search
Settings
Pin It
Favorite

Cold War Kids Are Back 

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts

Cold War Kids

Downtown

In "Miricle Mile," the opening track, of Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, Cold War Kids front man Nathan Willett jumps down your throat defiantly screaming, "I cut my ties, I sold my rings, I wanted none of this," as the piano and snare angrily thump away.

This is the music the Long Beach, Calif., band is supposed to make. The rich piano-laden and emotionally charged thunderous rock we remember from 2006's "Hospital Beds" or 2008's "Every Valley Is Not A Lake," not the subdued, almost flaccid pop of its 2011 album Mine is Yours, which many fans thought was a mistake in direction. To borrow a line from music blogger Emily Poncetta at Let Your Ears Decide: "It's as if their last album never happened."

Each song on the new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, announces that premise. The anthem "Lost That Easy" borrows a Daft Punk synth line to underscore Willett's wailing voice, which is again the focal point of the hollowed-out, John Lennon-esque ballad "Tuxedos." Even quieter songs, like the heartfelt, drum-dominated title track, ebb with the weight of an ocean.

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is a freight train of an album that screams by, barely pausing to catch a breath.

About The Author

Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Triple Whammy

    Triple Whammy

    Eric Leadbetter helps bring joy to the music scene, food industry and hospital workers with the St. Charles Meal Mission
    • Jun 1, 2020
  • Life in the 'Badlands' ▶ [with video]

    Life in the 'Badlands' ▶ [with video]

    Casey Parnell's debut solo album is set to the background of nature
    • Jul 29, 2020
Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Back to the Grind w/ The Bluegrass Collective

Back to the Grind w/ The Bluegrass Collective - On Tap

Mon., Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

More by Ethan Maffey

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation