Cold War Kids New Age Norms 1 album coverLike their later-aughts rocker contemporaries Arcade Fire, California’s Cold War Kids have never been afraid to experiment, and not always to universal praise.

But on New Age Norms 1, frontman Nathan Willet’s laryngitic vocals – once archetypal for their bluesy howl – prove a wicked match for funk. Basically buoyant and ebullient and with grooves for days, New Age Norms 1 is wicked slick throughout, whether it’s pulling sardonic piano pomp on Fine Fine Fine or dimming the lights on 4th of July. With playful commentary to suit, Cold War Kids’s seventh album ought be the new norm indeed.

New Age Norms 1 by Cold War Kids is out now via Inertia.

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