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LAist CD Review: Cold War Kids

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In considering the Cold War Kids' latest offering, Loyalty to Loyalty, it is best to start from the beginning. On the strength of three incredibly energetic and raw EPs -- accompanied by live performances that kicked the doors down of Spaceland, the Echo, etc. -- the band rose from relative obscurity to headlining mid-major sites and spots on national television.

Packed with soul and brimming with originality, the three mini albums seemed to be harbingers of great things to come. The Kids were poised to break on through. But Robbers Cowards, the first full length that was released in 2006 was an overproduced work of middling art that seemed tired after everyone already knew most of the songs and Loyalty to Loyalty, out Tuesday, is a stale sendup that fails to gather much steam as it meanders through 13 tracks, most with different intents and purposes that clog 45 minutes of sound into one spectacularly average album.