Hold My Home is a new home (and album) for the band, Cold War Kids


Courtesy of Downtown Records

Hannah Reasor, Staff Writer

With the loss of previous members, Cold War Kids seemed to have lost their way throughout their albums. From their debut to now, they have almost mindlessly wandered through sounds and music, acquired members, and lost overall popularity in the alternative world. There is a prevailing idea in Hold My Home that seems to bring Cold War Kids back on the track they had started off with in their debut album, Robbers & Cowards.

The first track (and single) on Hold My Home, “All This Could Be Yours”, presents the first half of the album with the sound that has been missing for the past 6 years. The two tracks following, “First” and “Hot Coals”, help pull that sound out with front man, Nathan Willett’s full-range vocals push the songs forward.

Guitarist, Dann Gallucci, and drummer, Joe Plummer, both ex-members of the alternative band Modest Mouse, bring a new light to Cold War Kids stepping in as fledgling members. Although, their talent is anything from small and new. Gallucci’s finger work as he pulls an almost full song solo in “Drive Desperate” showcases just exactly what he offers the album and the band. The same can be said for Plummer’s drumming which is prevalent throughout the entirety of the album. Willett’s vocals really put the icing on the cake. It is as if he has finally found his peace with the members, the music, and the songwriting.

The first half of the album struck a good chord; unlike the second half starting from track 7 all the way through the rest of the album, which truly keeps the album from being a great record. Each of the songs feel like ways to fill the album out. Songs such as “Nights and Weekends” and “Flower Drum Song” really slow down the consistency of the album and just like too much salt, give it a bad taste.

Hold My Home truly is the turning point for Cold War Kids though and with the right variety of songs to come and the spirit they encompass now, their next album could be just as good as this one, if not better.

Cold War Kids fifth studio album, Hold My Home, was released on October 21st in stores and online.

Order online at: http://www.coldwarkids.com/