Cold War Kids — New Age Norms 2 (Aug. 21, 2020)

USA FLAG                                                                                          Cold War Kids — New Age Norms 2 (Aug. 21, 2020)Cold War Kids — New Age Norms 2 (Aug. 21, 2020)♣⇒   „Energie této druhé části trilogie je spontánní, syrová, oduševnělá, chaotická,“ říká Nathan Willett z Cold War Kids. „Tak jsme to cítili. Je to pravdivé a naléhavé. Moderní a klasické.“
♣⇒   Cold War Kids oslavili vydání filmu „Who’s Gonna Love Me Now/Kdo mě bude milovat teď“ počátkem tohoto roku na CBS This Morning’s     „Saturday Sessions“, vedle živých ztvárnění oblíbených singlů z NEW AGE NORMS 1 — „Complainer“ a „Calm Your Nerves“. Produkce Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, HEALTH, Foster the People). NEW AGE NORMS 1 zahrnuje hitové singly jako „Beyond The Pale“, „4th Of July“ a „Complainer“, z nichž poslední se ukázal jako multiformátový rádiový favorit: dosáhl TOP 5 na Triple A a TOP 20 v Alternative outletech po celé Americe. Album, kde je zastoupen basák Z LA a uznávaný umělec Matt Maust svým cover artem, se setkalo také s velkým mezinárodním uznáním. Irský Hot Press jednoduše prohlásil: „Cold War Kids jsou kapelou na vrcholu síly ... NEW AGE NORMS 1 je třpytivou, slinky salvou funk~popu, ale pokud budete kopat trochu hlouběji, je to také intelektuální, politicky nabitý sud prachu.“ „Osmistopé album obsahuje témata o nových věkových normách třídy, pohlaví, rasy a síly, které formují dnešní svět,“ napsal list The Skinny a dodal: „Kromě sladkých melodií a výrazných instrumentálek je NEW AGE NORMS 1 projektem s jasnou mesidž.“Cold War Kids — New Age Norms 2 (Aug. 21, 2020)
Editorial Reviews
•   2019 release. Over their career, Cold War Kids have fielded music’s seismic shifts while simultaneously sticking to their own game plan. Over the course of a dozen releases — including seven studio albums, multiple EPs, and a live album on majors and indies alike, non~stop tours and the festival circuit’s biggest stages, massive radio, sales & streaming successes, the band have become a major part of the modern landscape. Their album New Age Norms 1, with lead single „Complainer“ is the next chapter with the approach of taking apart the idea of what the band is and just trying to take the doors off a bit to see where it can go.
Origin: Fullerton, CA
Location: Silverlake ~ Long Beach, California
Album release: Aug. 21, 2020
Record Label: Cwktwo Corp.
Duration:     32:39     
1. Who’s Gonna Love Me Now   2:51
2. Obsession   3:25
3. You Already Know   4:38
4. Ceiling Fan   4:49
5. Regret Regret   4:44
6. Somewhere   4:27
7. Across the Divide   3:58
8. Catch Me Falling   3:47
Current members:
••    Nathan Willett — lead vocals, piano, guitar, percussion (2004~present)
••    Matt Maust — bass guitar (2004~present)
••    Joe Plummer — drums, percussion (2013~present)
••    Matthew Schwartz — keyboards, guitar, backing vocals, percussion (2014~present; touring member 2013~2014)
••    David Quon — guitar, backing vocals (2016~present)Cold War Kids — New Age Norms 2 (Aug. 21, 2020)
by Jeremy Lukens, August 20, 2020
★  The second part in Cold War Kids’ New Age Norms trilogy continues its pop flavor while dialing up the band’s danceable nature. Whereas Volume 1 was produced by singer Nathan Willett and longtime collaborator Lars Stalfors, the second part was produced by Sean Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs), his first collaboration with the band.
★  In terms of tone, the two parts are virtually identical, but Volume 2 is faster and more bass~heavy. The first volume hinted at some of the discordance and offkilter aspects of the Cold War Kids’ early work, but there of none of that to be found here. It is a straightforward indie~pop album, full of driving rhythms, sing~along choruses, and piano chords, all drenched in reverb.
★  Throughout its history, many of Cold War Kids’ best songs have been the ones with less going on, with simpler compositions, room to breathe, and a focus on melody and Willett’s soulful vocals. There’s little of that on Volume 2, with the band instead opting for rhythmic songs with densely layered compositions.
★  When it works, it results in fantastic moments, such as “Ceiling Fan,” which thrives on Joe Plummer’s hypnotic, clanging drums and Matthew Schwartz’s trippy synthesizer lines. “I can’t seem to tell the difference between dreams and feelings,” Willett sings over a cacophony of synths and Matt Maust’s buzzing bass. When it doesn’t work, such as with the R&B number “Obsession,” the result is flat and forgettable. For the most part, the album works, though not as well as its predecessor.
★  Album opener “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now” is an infectious earwig about hitting rock bottom. With its propulsive rhythm and fusion of piano, synths, and rock guitars, it perfectly encapsulates the album’s sound done well. “I wonder if I held you, could you see past all my weakness?” Willett croons in the soft bridge before the song bursts into the energetic chorus.
★  “You Already Know” is disco~funk Cold War Kids~style. Shimming synthesizers, Maust’s hopping funky bassline, and Willett’s swaggering vocals drive the song. “It wasn’t long ago we were digging in the dirt, and we came out on the other side of the world,” Willett sings.
★  The album ends with one of its best songs, the soulful Gospel~tinged ballad “Catch Me Falling.” Beginning as a piano~based ballad, Maust’s slow bass groove then takes over in the middle, before loud, distorted synths overwhelm the rest of the instruments. Willett uses religious imagery to sing about learning from mistakes and wanting to inspire, to “be an angel in the shade, to live forever, never fade, to be the hero you count on to save the day.”
★  Most of New Age Norms 2 contrast the song’s thematic tone with its musical tone. Songs about regret (“Regret Regret”) and failure (“Who’s Gonna Love Me Now”) are given upbeat, danceable grooves, while a song about perseverance (“Catch Me Falling”) is given the ballad treatment. While Volume 1 was a more consistent and eclectic effort, Volume 2 takes the energetic style and goes all~in. At its best, the album delivers some of Cold War Kids’ best hooks and a new mastery of big, complex pop compositions.   ★
•  2006  Robbers & Cowards  (Downtown/V2) #35 UK
•  2008  Loyalty to Loyalty  (Downtown/V2)  #6 US Alt.
•  2011   Mine Is Yours  (Downtown Records/V2)  #5 US Alt.
•  2013   Dear Miss Lonelyhearts  (Downtown/V2)  #11 US Alt.
•  2014   Hold My Home  (Downtown/V2)  #8 US Alt.
•  2017   L.A. Divine  (Capitol)  #9 US Alt.
•  2018   This Will All Blow Over in Time
•  2019   New Age Norms 1
•  2020   New Age Norms 2