I adore Cold War Kids’s debut album, and thanks to my penchant for putting artists’ first releases on a pedestal, I’ve been pretty disappointed with everything they’ve done since. So it was with trepidation that I hit “Play” on the lead single for their new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, due out in April.
Turns out I had nothing to worry about.
To call the song “joyous” would be an understatement; it soars, and that persistent plinking piano carries me right up along with it. And while its lyrics certainly convey a melancholy undertone (the song opens with the line, “I was supposed to do great things”), the tune ultimately bears a message of hope, something a lot of us are holding on to after the recent ringing in of the new year.
If “Miracle Mile” is any indication, we’ve got a lot to look forward to, at least from this year’s crop of music. And maybe, just maybe, something more.