Dear Miss Lonelyhearts - Cold War Kids
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  • Summary: The fourth release for the California indie rock band is its first with former Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils guitarist Dann Gallucci, who also co-produced the album with Lars Stalfors.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 16, 2013
    80
    Occasionally a bright guitar line or luminous touch of piano floats out of the mix to deliver a hint of sunshine, but mostly the band does a skillful job of supporting Nathan Willett's anguished vocals. [No. 97, p.54]
  2. Apr 2, 2013
    71
    Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is not the breakthrough into critical acclaim either, hampered by innocuous words and the lack of personality in the arrangements and individual players, Matt Aveiro, Matt Maust and new guy Dann Gallucci.
  3. They’ve stopped trying to do indie rock by numbers and gone back to the sort of idiosyncratic weirdness that made us fall for them in the first place.
  4. Apr 1, 2013
    60
    While the album does lose some of its focus and direction towards the end, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is undoubtedly a much better album than Mine Is Yours.
  5. Apr 8, 2013
    60
    Certainly this record is relevant, and maybe even worth listening to with some regularity. But I can't help but feel that this album is just a watered down Arcade Fire rather than the aural adventure that others seem to hear.
  6. 60
    Dear Miss Lonelyhearts fails to reach back far enough to the band’s less polished, indie blues-fueled Robbers & Cowards days, but at least integrates that sound with hints of the striving-for-stadiums pop-rock Mine Is Yours offered up.
  7. Apr 22, 2013
    40
    All the literary ambitions and drama-rock gestures fall in a ponderous heap--like CWK are losing an arms race with their own pretensions.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 4, 2013
    7
    Cold War Kids are a band that seem to be confused on what they want to be, and they’re getting closer and closer to figuring it out, but Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is still not the answer. It is though a good album, nothing special in the slightest, but one that is listenable and has some pretty good moments on it. And I’ll take a good Cold War Kids album no matter what.

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  2. Apr 6, 2013
    7
    Good album overall, but lacks a track or two that really stand out. What they need is to try new things, their sound hasn't changed much since Mine Is Yours and some songs on the album sound pretty much the same. Fav tracks: Tuxedos, Water & Power, Bitter Poem. Collapse