Cold War Kids – Robbers and Cowards
12 songs, 52.9 minutes long
There are some albums that grab you right from the get-go and it’s obvious why the artist has the following that they do, but Robbers and Cowards is not one of those albums. I had to listen to it a few times before I understood what the artist was doing, but once I did, I fell in love with this album. It’s not very catchy, and the singer’s voice isn’t sultry or beautiful. If anything, the singing is in a style more akin to field hollering than actually singing, but the heart and soul of this album is spread across every note, with each peak and trough of sound dripping with emotion. Robbers and Cowards isn’t the most recent Cold War Kids album, and I like Loyalty to Loyalty quite a bit, but this is the one I recommend because it’s the one that got me hooked. While the album as a whole is a fantastic piece of work, the songs Saint John and Hospital Beds stand out as two masterpieces, and if I was introducing Cold War Kids to an unsure listener, those are the two I’d play for them. Cold War Kids have a genre-defying sound, and although most would simply classify them as another indie rock band, doing such doesn’t do them justice, and you’ll just have to give them a listen to hear what I mean.