CD Robbers & Cowards [Cold War Kids] (CD 1092052), Audio Other
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Robbers & Cowards [Cold War Kids]

  • 1. We Used to Vacation
    2. Hang Me Up to Dry
    3. Tell Me in the Morning
    4. Hair Down
    5. Passing the Hat
    6. Saint John
    7. Robbers
    8. Hospital Beds
    9. Pregnant
    10. Red Wine, Success!
    11. God, Make Up Your Mind
    12. Rubidoux
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 009

  • Credits
    ProducerKevin Augunas; Kevin Augunas
    EngineerKevin Augunas

    Cold War Kids: Jonathan Bo Russell (vocals, guitar, piano); Matt Maust (bass guitar); Nathan Willett, Matt Aveiro.
    Personnel: Nathan Willett (vocals, guitar, piano); Matt Aveiro (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: D. Sardy.
    Recording information: Fairfax Recorders.
    Photographer: Matt Wignall.
    Influenced by Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, and the Velvet Underground, Californian four-piece Cold War Kids' 2007 debut album Robbers and Cowards is a blustering combination of angular indie, Southern soul, and bluesy rock, fronted by Nathan Willett's powerful, passionate vocals. Produced by the band themselves, along with Kevin Augunas (Lost Prophets), it features the four singles, "Hang Me Up to Dry," "Hospital Beds," "Hair Down," and "We Used to Vacation." ~ Jon O'Brien

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Over cave-stomp drums, barroom piano and chiming post-punk guitars, Willett -- whose high tenor sounds a little like Jack White's -- spins tales that wouldn't seem out of place in a Flannery O'Connor collection."
    Rolling Stone (p.106) - Ranked #30 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "Seventies-style rock with a dash of Southern gothic."
    Spin (p.56) - Ranked #40 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "[Their] marching-band percussion built to such a fervor they'd bang on whatever was around."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "[T]his California quartet matches shaggy underground rock with an urgent soulfulness and a vintage vibe." -- Grade: B+
    Uncut (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Swampy bass rubs up against spiky post-punk guitar and primitive percussion, while that earthy piano boogie gives Cold War Kids their Springsteen-esque majesty."
    Q (Magazine) - Ranked #21 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "An imposing first work from a band that were one of the must-sees of 2007."
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