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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