Loyalty To Loyalty - Cold War Kids
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the California indie rock band.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. On their stunning and haunting second album, the Long Beach, Calif., quartet have racheted up their faux-mono production values and woozy chops. [26 Sep 2008, p.93]
  2. It’s a better-than-solid album from a band that seems equipped to someday make a classic one.
  3. 80
    Loyalty to Loyalty, the band’s sophomore release, isn’t as immediately impacting as that first round of songs, but CWK didn’t lose their charm (or literary obsessions), either.
  4. More often than not, Loyalty to Loyalty takes a disappointing stumble on it.
  5. 60
    The skeletal bluesy shuffles are easy to follow, but the likes of 'Avalanch In B' suggest a band lyrically happy to keep the unpleasantness in their woodshed under wraps. [Oct 2008, p.81]
  6. The loyalty to the exact sound--minus the real hooks--that got Cold War Kids noticed keeps things mostly stagnant.
  7. Nathan Willett remains a technically proficient singer, with hints of Jeff Buckley, but much like his band's music, his voice is too drearily clean-cut to deliver a true emotional punch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jul 4, 2011
    The album follows that great texture from the first record, as well as their crude sound adjacent to a good songwriting. But the pro is also a con; It is like they took all the songs that they did not put into Robbers and Cowards and made an album out of them. While it is simply neat - and fairly better than their successor - Loyalty to Loyalty should have shown signs of maturity of the band's genuine sound. The uniqueness that makes them stand above other indie quartets of our time. Expand

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