COLD WAR KIDS, LOYALTY TO LOYALTY

For their second effort, this foursome from the O.C. draw more heavily from blues joints than piano bars, resulting in a smokier album with slow, grinding gems like "Mexican Dogs" and "Dreams Old Men Dream."

Cold War Kids, Loyalty to Loyalty [Downtown]

Our rating: 4 stars out of a possible 5

For their second effort, this foursome from the O.C. draw more heavily from blues joints than piano bars, resulting in a smokier album with slow, grinding gems like "Mexican Dogs" and "Dreams Old Men Dream." Another sophomore slump avoided. Matt Hendrickson

Cold War Kids performing "Something Is Not Right with Me," from their new album, at New York's Webster Hall.

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