Mine Is Yours
|Mine Is Yours|
|Studio album by Cold War Kids|
|Released||January 25, 2011|
|Label||Downtown, Mercury, V2|
|Cold War Kids chronology|
|Singles from Mine Is Yours|
After the release of their EP Behave Yourself, Cold War Kids went to Nashville to work on new material for their next album. Instead of writing songs and recording them quickly, they spent two months together on the material they worked on. Lead singer Nathan Willet commented on this experience saying "It was much more spread out, it was much more broken down and built up again." The band found the approach different than in their previous album Loyalty to Loyalty in which the record felt rushed and Willet said that "[A] lot of our good ideas went unfinished. Nobody was there to tell us, "This is good, but it could be better."
The album was produced by Jacquire King, who previously did albums for Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse and Tom Waits. The experience for Willet when working with King was surprising for him, commenting how he was a "soft-spoken guy" and then suddenly interject himself in saying 'why don't you maybe play the organ on this?' or 'why don't you make that chorus a little longer.'
Mine Is Yours received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 55, based on 21 reviews.
Ryan Reed of the Boston Phoenix said "On Mine Is Yours, everything is bigger. King's reverb-tinged production puts the focus on the band's surprisingly tender melodies and slow-burn rock arrangements; the result is 11 melodic, economical tracks that deliver huge hooks without sacrificing instrumental dexterity."  John Freeman of Clash Music found the album enjoyable than the 'solid but oddly unsatisfying' Loyalty to Loyalty, finding praise in Nathan Willett's songwriting to be "deep into fractured relationships for inspiration and the resultant openness, coupled with King's deft nurturing of Willett's soul-searching, has created the finest Cold War Kids album yet." Sputnikmusic commented on the quality of both the songwriting and production, finding unevenness on both throughout the album, but still found it to be "a damn good rock record through and through [...] there's an accomplishment to be praised." The review also commented that the album will divide fans saying "[So] there’s a give and take at work on Mine Is Yours, one that fans of their earlier work will either love or hate."
Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times also commented on the divisive take the fans will have with the album saying: "Longtime fans are apt to be disappointed by the change in direction, which for sure renders the band less unique." Heather Phares of Allmusic commented on the production on the album saying: "For better or worse, this album is polished and mature – words that never would have described Cold War Kids' music before." Josh Modell of Spin was critical of Nathan Willett's performance, divided by the tone he used throughout the album, and the songs overall saying "A couple of songs succeed on their own terms, but most float unmemorably down the highway of not-quite-modern rock."
On the negative side, Kevin Liedel of Slant Magazine considered the album to be a "crushing disappointment" concluding with, "Mine Is Yours is not just the questionable effort of a once-promising band, but perhaps even worse: a work of obviously borrowed ideas from a group highly capable of succeeding with their own." Sean O'Neal of The AV Club graded the album a D+, finding their sound to be 'dulled for maximum accessibility' coupled with "uninspired melodies" and lyrics that were "formless" concluding with, "Mine Is Yours is the bland sound of a band trading identity for ambition." The most critical of the album was NME's Katherine Rodgers who said "Mine Is Yours? You can keep it, thanks."
All lyrics written by Nathan Willett; all music composed by Cold War Kids.
- "Mine Is Yours" – 4:16
- "Louder Than Ever" – 2:44
- "Royal Blue" – 3:33
- "Finally Begin" – 3:41
- "Out of the Wilderness" – 4:07
- "Skip the Charades" – 4:25
- "Sensitive Kid" – 3:33
- "Bulldozer" – 5:02
- "Broken Open" – 4:39
- "Cold Toes on the Cold Floor" – 4:06
- "Flying Upside Down" – 4:17
- Bonus tracks
- "Don't Look Down on Me" – 2:31
- "Fashionable" – 7:02
- iTunes bonus track
- "Goodnight Tennessee" (pre-order only)
|Australian Albums Chart||9|
|Austrian Albums Chart||56|
|Swiss Albums Chart||85|
|UK Albums Chart||84|
|U.S. Billboard 200||21|
|U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums||5|
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