As they grew from quirky mid-2000s blog darlings into a rock band with a polished yet passionate sound, Cold War Kids' music spanned influences as diverse as Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, Nick Cave, and U2. The group's shifting lineup reflected their evolving sound over the years, from the stomping blues-punk of 2006's debut Robbers & Cowards to the slick alt-rock of 2011's Mine Is Yours. Cold War Kids grew more anthemic, and more popular, as time went on: 2017's L.A. Divine, which celebrated the mythos of their adopted hometown as well as the power of sweeping rock, made the Top Ten of Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart. However, the band remained adventurous with their New Age Norms trilogy, which ranged from the funk and disco influences of 2019's New Age Norms, Vol. 1 to the dance-rock leanings of 2021's New Age Norms, Vol. 3. Years ...
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