While you weren’t looking, Cold War Kids got adopted by the NME and took a place alongside acts like Kings Of Leon and the Killers as “bigger in Britain” (at least, anecdotally — who knows what record sales mean anymore). And during that time, like two years now, they’ve been patiently plugging away on a followup to Robbers & Cowards, the debut album that seemed rushed out (to capitalize on their EP buzz and signing to Downtown) and sounded like it, too. You can hear what all that time has done to their sound (to these ears, they learned a disco rhythm — otherwise it’s still relatively twitchy and full of those soul yelps) by checking album preview track “Something Is Not Right With Me” at MySpace. (UPDATE: Now with 100% more free MP3 downloadability at RCRD LBL.)
Loyalty To Loyalty is out 9/23. It’s got a tracklist.