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CD Review: Cold War Kids

Behave Yourself (Downtown)


Behave Yourself is the 12th release (counting sundry live EPs) from the Cold War Kids since their 2005 debut. This five-track EP was recorded between sessions for the band's sophomore album, Loyalty to Loyalty. It begins with the straight-ahead Southern soul stomp of "Audience." "Coffee Spoon" contains a wonderfully wandering guitar line, while "Santa Ana Winds" crams plenty of bombast into two-and-a-half minutes. "Sermons," a remake of the With Our Wallets Full EP track "Sermons vs. the Gospel," finds frontman Nathan Willett channeling Jeff Buckley with admirable results. With tunes like these, it's hard to understand the backlash the band has received since their debut. Their mix of indie, soul and gospel deserves better. — Jeremy Willets

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