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Rock - Released December 7, 2018 | Downtown Records - Catalog

By the time Cold War Kids released This Will All Blow Over in Time, they'd transformed themselves from quirky blues-punkers into a straight-ahead, chart-friendly band: The stomping, anthemic "First," which closes the compilation, topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in 2015, while their Capitol Records debut, L.A. Divine, reached number ten on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart. As it gathers highlights from the five albums they released for their previous label Downtown Records and rarities, This Will All Blow Over in Time traces the band's evolution. In retrospect, it's easy to hear how Cold War Kids channeled the passion of their beginnings into stadium-ready rock. Even their earliest songs, such as the three tracks from their 2006 debut album Robbers & Cowards that appear here ("Hang Me Up to Dry," "Hospital Beds" and "We Used to Vacation"), boast the striding melodies and easy confidence that they blew up to epic proportions on "Miracle Mile" a few albums later. The collection gives equal time to gritty tracks like "Something Is Not Right with Me," slinky grooves such as "Royal Blue," and the soulful pop of "Audience of One" (from the 2010 EP Behave Yourself), reaffirming that the band's sizable bag of tricks played a large part in their longevity. Meanwhile, the second half of This Will All Blow Over in Time digs deeper into the band's eclectic side, gathering a cover of Nick Cave's "Opium Tea" and "Minimum Mistake," a dub-inspired reworking of "Minimum Day" produced by the late Richard Swift, alongside several tracks from the band's 2005 debut EP Mulberry Street. Though compilations like this were something of a rarity when This Will All Blow Over in Time was released in 2018, this is a well-curated collection of the band's rockers, ballads, anthems and quirkier moments that proves Cold War Kids didn't sacrifice any of their personality to achieve their success. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Rock - Released November 30, 2018 | Downtown Records - Catalog

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Rock - Released November 2, 2018 | Downtown Records - Catalog

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 17, 2018 | Capitol Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 13, 2018 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 13, 2018 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 9, 2018 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 31, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 31, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 13, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 4, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 28, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 14, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 21, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 21, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 7, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 7, 2017 | Capitol Records (US1A)

Over the years, a growing sense of maturity emerged in Cold War Kids' music, with albums like Hold My Home proving that they're most successful when they're most straightforward. L.A. Divine builds on that album's solidly anthemic sound: "Love Is Mystical" and "Restless" are fine examples of the band at its stomping best. However, Cold War Kids also give L.A. Divine a little more pop sheen, and the combination of Nathan Willett's falsetto and the huge harmonies surrounding him is strangely reminiscent of Fun. on highlights like the power ballad "Part of the Night" and "No Reason to Run," a celebration of monogamy that sounds equally surprised and delighted. Indeed, much of L.A. Divine explores commitment, whether it's to a person or a city (as the title suggests, Cold War Kids' hometown was the album's muse). The band makes settling down -- but not settling -- sound less than boring on songs such as "So Tied Up," "Open Up the Heavens," and "Invincible," which tussle between vulnerability and bravado as they return to Cold War Kids' blazing rock. On the whole, L.A. Divine shows that Cold War Kids continue to expand their range -- and if they're becoming more accessible with each album, it's on their own terms. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 18, 2015 | Downtown Records - Catalog

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2015 | Downtown Records - Catalog