Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday Tunes (6)

Back in November I had a chance to see one of my favorite bands, Cold War Kids, play a bunch of their new stuff for a live audience for the first time. I knew back then that their new album was going to be FANTASTIC, and, well, it came out this past Tuesday and I was right. It's amazing. I haven't been able to stop listening to it.

If you have never heard Cold War Kids, or if you're not sure about them, please go get Mine Is Yours right this very minute. This album is different from their other stuff, but it is total perfection.

As a writer, what I've always loved about Cold War Kids is that they have so many songs that are standalone stories with fictional characters and plot arcs and everything. We Used To Vacation is about a father with an alcohol problem (OMG that acoustic version! I die!), St. John is about a man who is in jail for killing a guy who was attempted to rape his sister (this video is so fun!), Passing The Hat is about a man stealing from the church offering plate so he can buy a ticket the heck out of America. I love these songs as stories and they really remind me of the creativity of some songwriters. They can tell so much in just a few minutes.

They don't have the same type of story songs on the new album, but, oh my goodness, am I in love with it! This album is everything I love about Cold War Kids multiplied by a thousand.

I'm trying to pick a favorite song, and it's tough. Right now the one with the highest playcount on my iTunes is this one:



Royal Blue - Cold War Kids

Why would I make that face?
Oh, why would I?
Why would I test my faith?
Oh, why would I?

Oh, woah, I see that rain cloud comin' right for me

Why would I say my name?
Oh, why would I?
When I'm so far away?
Oh, why would I?

Oh, woah, I guess I've always been a bit of a fighter

From now on, wear my love for you loose
From now on, I am just passing through
From now on, just my feeling is true
From now on, call me Royal Blue

Why would I stick around?
Oh, why would I?
Why would I get burned out?
Oh, why would I?

Oh, woah, for me, I'm always waiting in shadows
Oh, woah, for me, I'm always looking for a way out

From now on, with the sky as my roof
From now on, let the risk lead me, too
From now on, somewhere I never knew
From now on, call me Royal Blue

From now on, fly as high as I want
From now on, I'll show my weak spot
From now on, in all that I do
From now on, call me Royal Blue

From now on, wear my love for you loose
From now on, I am just passing through
From now on, just my feeling is true
From now on, call me Royal Blue
 


Oh, and here's a little bonus for you...Florence and the Machine covering Hospital Beds, one of my favorite (heh, that's all of them) Cold War Kids songs! (I'm such a fangirl. I swear.)

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