Mine Is Yours - Cold War Kids
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  • Band members: Jonathan Russell, Nathan Willett, Matthew Aveiro
  • Summary: On its third album, Long Beach's indie rock quartet takes a more personal approach lyrically and gets a little more blues oriented musically--all while retaining its modern-rock sound.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Mar 4, 2011
    After uniting with Kings of Leon/Modest Mouse vet Jacquire King, the band has emerged with a set that's more inviting than its first but just as catchy.
  2. Jan 25, 2011
    Nathan Willett digs deep into fractured relationships for inspiration and the resultant openness, coupled with King's deft nurturing of Willett's soul-searching, has created the finest Cold War Kids album yet.
  3. Jan 25, 2011
    There's a give and take at work on Mine Is Yours, one that fans of their earlier work will either love or hate.
  4. Jan 26, 2011
    Mine Is Yours occupies an unremarkable middle ground somewhere between their bluesy, abrasive tendencies and the kind of staidly proficient indie-rock that surely wasn't part of the plan to begin with.
  5. 50
    The lack of thematic diversity strikes another blow. Certainly, songs about being unhappy with relationships are nothing unusual. However, the ability to write anything meaningful or refreshing about the subject is quickly exhausted on Mine Is Yours.
  6. Feb 1, 2011
    Willett pledges his love in the face of obstacles in the same way that the guitars get loud in a Nickelback song. It passes for emotion in the absence of anything spontaneous or unrehearsed.
  7. 30
    Mine Is Yours? You can keep it, thanks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    Awesome album! I LOVED Loyalty To Loyalty and Robbers & Cowards and I thought this one was just as amazing. I'm not sure why they're getting such low reviews, but I couldn't care less. Music is purely subjective anyway. Expand
  2. Jan 26, 2011
    Best Cold War Kids Album Yet

    i don't understand why this album is getting so many bad reviews. I was not a huge fan of their previous
    albums, but listened to this and was pleasantly surprised. 4.5 stars Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2011
    This was the most anticipated album to start 2011 and it didn't disappoint me at all. I wouldn't say that this album is necessarily perfect, but they have polished their angst on this record. It is very reminiscent of their previous albums and that's exactly what I was looking for. If you love the Cold War Kids, I'm sure you'll love this album. Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2011
    I've never been that fond of CWK but their new single off this album, "Louder Than Ever," has been playing on the local radio quite a lot and I just really like the sound of that single song. The whole CD doesn't sound like it but it's not a bad album, just not something I'm going to obsess over - I would see them live though. It's a very low key, indie sound that would probably sound best on vinyl or in concert. Expand
  5. Feb 16, 2011
    As a huge fan of Loyalty and their debut, I was very disappointed by this album. I don't mind the Kings of Leon big sound...but that's the Kings of Leon of sound. The producer of this album is the same one who gave the Kings their new sound...and for some reason, he's trying to force it on the CWK. And that's how the album sounds...forced. After multiple listens, I've learned to not mind it...but I don't love it. Collapse
  6. Jan 27, 2011
    Ok. First off, when I was first listening to this album, I could hardly believe it was the Cold War Kids. It sounded too clean, too refined. I was used to their characteristic clutter and bluesy feel. It sounds too mainstream. It's not growing on me either. Royal Blue, Bulldozer, Out of the Wilderness, Cold Toes on the Cold Floor, and Don't Look Down at Me....are all ok, but it doesn't sound like the right sound that this band should be making. This is the sound of a band that is trying too hard. I am really disappointed. Still, it's a solid listen, just true fans should not imagine the Cold War Kids as the artist to these mediocre songs. Expand
  7. Feb 2, 2011
    If you're going to have your producer recreate all the same sounds as the last record he produced, you should probably write some killer hooks to set you apart. Instead, this album just wreaks of KoL's new arena / beach frat stench, leaving behind the sonic magic of Cold War Kids' past records. Horribly boring sounds. God awful lyrics. Maybe they can all buy a big house and a hummer now- I'll rent a bulldozer to destroy this record. Expand

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