Cold War Kids return with their first album since 2014’s Hold My Home, which contained their biggest hit to date “First”. That song spent a whopping 64 weeks on the Billboard Alternative charts. On LA Divine, which is inspired by their hometown of Los Angeles, they bring more of their piano-driven, bluesy pop-rock led by the powerful vocals of frontman Nathan Willett. This album seems to capitalize on their recent success. The potential mainstream radio hits are stacked at the beginning of the album – upbeat lead singles “Love Is Mystical” and “So Tied Up”, and radio-friendly ballads “Can We Hang On” and “Restless”. The songs more attractive to college radio come after the first interlude – there’s “No Reason to Run” which has a very energetic pop sound but in a unique way, “Luck Down” which is a bluesy rock song that will please longtime fans, and “Part of the Night” which is the real anthemic moment on the album. Do be careful about which track you play because most likely, several of these songs will become mainstream radio hits.
Play: 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13
RIYL: The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Fitz and the Tantrums, St. Paul & the Broken Bones