Cold War Kids have released their 4th studio album, “Dear Miss Lonely Hearts”. (April 2, 2013) I don’t seem to have the same immediate attraction to it, as say their 2006 debut “Robbers & Cowards”, and some comparisons of it to The Killers may hint at why. (Not that I necessarily agree with those comparisons)
The opening track, “Miracle Mile”, is quite good and will stay in my immediate rotation.
I can’t help but notice interesting, and somewhat tongue-in-cheek, similarities in other tracks. I’m not suggesting these are ‘rip offs’ or even remotely intentional, only that I am reminded of other tracks when I hear these songs. What do you think?
These are my music listening statistics for albums and songs released in 2012. Pulling from various sources and rating most played, highly rated, starred, loved, etc, depending on the source.
2012 music stats:
145 songs rated 4 or 5 stars from 107 different bands
most played song: Beach House – Myth
Albums with 3 or more highly rated songs (alphabetical order):
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Beach House – Bloom
Bear In Heaven – I Love You, It’s Cool
DIIV – Oshin
Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance
Lower Dens – Nootropics
Poolside – Pacific Standard Time
Purity Ring – Shrines
Tame Impala – Lonerism
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